Google TV, the new smart TV interface that debuted on Google’s most recent Chromecast, appears to be getting a small but important tweak for the “Continue Watching” row. About on Reddit (through 9to5Google) user u/Alfatango97 discovered a new option to manually hide items from the queue, which is designed to allow viewers to quickly jump back to unfinished TV shows or movies.
If it works, the Continue Watching row is a useful way to retrieve where the viewing was interrupted. But occasionally things can get cluttered with content you’ve started watching and don’t plan to finish, or content that’s finished but whose credits are so long that it’s still showing as in progress. Being able to manually clear the row should make it easier to see the shows and movies you really want to finish.
It’s the latest example of Google’s two TV interfaces – Android TV and Google TV – slowly merging. 9to5Google notes that the ability to manually remove titles from the “continue watching” list has been available in Android TV for a while, but is now switching to Google TV. Meanwhile, Android TV has received a series of updates that make it look and perform more and more like Google TV. The convergence seems inevitable, as Google TV is set to Replacing Android TV in the next two years.
9to5Google notes that the feature has yet to be widely rolled out. We’ve reached out to Google to ask when it should be available to everyone, and we’ll update this article if we hear anything.