More people are getting access to Google Home’s more robust TV controls

Published at : 13 Jan 2023 04:43 PM (IST)

The Google Home app for Android and iOS has a very tight integration with the Chromecast, Google TV, and other Android TV devices; but, when it comes to managing additional displays, the app has been a little weak. If your television is hooked up to the internet, there is a good possibility that you will be able to add it to Google Assistant. However, up until this point, the majority of users have only had access to the most basic of control options. An upgrade to this user interface has been in the works for quite some time, and it seems that it is now finally beginning to roll out to the majority of users.

Today, Google issued a warning to its customers, advising them to keep an eye out for the new interface and indicating that the Home Preview Program would no longer be the only place where users can experience it (via 9to5Google). However, given Google’s track record with staggered releases, it is possible that it may take some time before it is available to everyone.

When you ask Google Assistant to manage a TV, the new user interface will provide an experience somewhat similarly to that which is available with Google Nest Hub devices. You may now play or stop material, go ahead or back, adjust or mute volume, and even change channels or toggle source inputs in addition to the basic on/off capability that was originally available. The volume rocker is the focal point of the design, with unusually big controls that are difficult to miss. All of the buttons have a lovely, rounded appearance in keeping with the Material You aesthetic.

If you were controlling a Chromecast or Android TV, you already had access to the most of these functions. However, as someone who owns an Nvidia Shield TV Pro connected to a television that is not a smart TV, I am certainly immediately envious of the option to swap inputs. Oh well, at least I’ll be able to stream video to other TVs thanks to the Plex server that I can set up on my computer.

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