New Home Screen, Google Assistant Comes to Android TV

Android O brings in rich app experiences and entertainment through new Home Screen and Google Assistant.

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New Android TV Home Screen in Android O

Google has built a new, content-centric home screen for Android TV, and also bringing the Google Assistant to the platform with Android O, making it easier for users to access content from their apps.

New Android TV Home Screen rolled out today, like TV organizes video content into channels and programs and each Android TV app can now publish on multiple channels, represented as rows of programs, and as users access these content, or when new content is available, these programs and channels can be update. The video preview included with programs automatically play wth a users focus on a program.

The home screen can be populate with favorite channels and the channels can be arrange in preference to see for quick and easy to access. Additionaly, the top of the home screen now includes a quick launch bar for favorite apps, and a special Watch Next channel, that lists programs based on the viewing habits of user.

In addition, using Google Assistant, users will be able to quickly find and access content, even while a video or music is playing. And, with Assistants' ability to control smart home devices, "a simple voice can dim the lights for an ideal movie viewing environment."

Coming later this year, the Assistant will launch in the US on Android devices running M, N, and O. And, Nexus Players will receive the new Android TV home experience as an OTA update, later this year.

The APIs for creating and maintaining channels and programs are part of the TvProvider APIs, which are distributed as an Android Support Library module with Android O. Those wish to build and test apps for new interface, can use Android TV emulator or Nexus Player device images, whic are part of latest Android O Developer Preview, the team said.

To get started, head over to Android O Developer Preview site for an overview. And, for a first-hand experience building an Android TV app for Android O, try out today, the Android TV Channels and Programs codelab here.

Android developers can now request a professional app translation from the Google Play Console and provide better experiences for users as well as increase their app downloads.

To do this, Google Play now offers an app translation service by professional linguists, that can translate app user interface strings, Play Store text, in-app products and universal app campaign ads, writes the team.

Just follow these steps:

  • Choose from a selection of professional translation vendors.
  • Order, receive and apply translations, without leaving the Play Console.
  • Pay online with Google Wallet.
  • Translations from your previous orders (if any) are reused, so you never pay for the same translation twice. Great if you release new versions frequently.
Google Play app translation service
Google Play app translation service