Google Assistant first make its appearance on the Pixel devices and has steadily been rolled out to a number of devices over the past year. We can now add Android TV to that list as Google adds the virtual assistant to the NVIDIA SHIELD TV.
Google Assistant allows aspects of the Android TV to be navigated and content summoned just by using your voice.
You’ll need to accept the update on your Android TV to get Google Assistant running on your device.
Here are some ways your Assistant can help you on your device:
- “Play Game of Thrones”— your Assistant can play a wide variety of content, from movies and TV shows to YouTube clips and music. With HBO NOW, Netflix and YouTube, you can instantly watch something by asking for it by name or, if you aren’t sure what to watch, try “show me movies about climbing Mount Everest.” You can also ask your Assistant to “play some music” or listen to a specific song on YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify or Pandora.
- “Play business news”— catch up on what’s going on in the news, from business to tech to entertainment. And once you’re caught up, prepare for your own day by asking “what’s on my agenda for today?”
- “Talk to Fitstar”— apps for the Google Assistant are also now available on Android TV, so you can talk to Fitstar for a quick home workout, Tender for a cocktail recommendation, Wall Street Journal for a market update and more.
- “Order more popcorn”— stock up on binge-watching snacks right from the comfort of your couch. With Google Express, you can shop and reorder from Walgreens, Walmart and many other stores.
- “Turn off”— it’s as simple as that. With your Assistant on Android TV you can turn up the volume, pause, control your smart home devices and more, just with your voice.
Google is offering a three month trial of YouTube Red on your SHIELD TV to celebrate the launch of Google Assistant.
Go ahead and check for updates to get started.