Google Assistant rolling out to certain Android TV devices now

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Owners of an Nvidia Shield (U.S. for now) are getting first dibs.

Google Assistant started out on the first gen Google Pixel and has slowly been rolling out to other smartphones. Whether through root or Google pushing out an update to Google Home devices, Google Assistant has been expanding. Good news is that Google is still pushing out its Assistant to other platforms and next in line is Android TV.

Owners of an Nvidia Shield (U.S. for now) are getting first dibs while those who own Sony Bravia TVs will receive Google Assistant in the coming months. The same things you ask your Pixel or Home device will work in the same way on Android TV, just use your voice and ask your questions or have Google play something for you such as music or a movie. If that’s not enough for you, Google is offering three (3) free months of YouTube Red for Shield owners to try out so you can skip those pesky ads during videos or music.

Google has explained what the Assistant can do on your TV:

  • “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.

It’s nice to see Google Assistant reaching out to other platforms, even if it’s only the Nvidia Shield, Android TV, and Sony Bravia TVs. For those with Nvidia Shield or a Sony Bravia TV, do you plan on using Google Assistant for quick updates or playing music or getting to movies/shows faster? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Google Blog
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