The Google Assistant has released for Android TV – first on the Nvidia Shield TV console. In the coming months, it will be rolled out to Sony Bravia TVs running Android TV too.
Google Assistant on Android TV can be told to play a wide variety of content – movies, TV shows, YouTube clips, and music. It supports HBO Now and Netflix for the first two. You can ask for something by name or even use vague terms such as “movies about climbing Mount Everest”.
For music, Assistant supports YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora. Additionally, it lets you quickly catch up with news. It knows the calendar appointments too. Apps for Google Assistant work on Android TV as well.
The smart home devices can be controlled by the Google Assistant, even through Android TV. With a Shield console, you can get a free three month YouTube Red trial, to enjoy ad-free videos and uninterrupted music. The software update that brings Google Assistant to the Shield TV has started going out today.