The Google Assistant comes to Android TV, starting with the Nvidia Shield.
We are super excited about this update. Our team had a chance to test drive it already using Nvidia Shield. Google Assistant is completely integrated into Nvidia Shield, allowing you to open different apps (Netflix, YouTube, Plex), search for content with voice and control playback. You can of course also control your smart home devices via Shield.
As a nice addition, each Shield controller can also be turned into an always on Google Home alternative.
“Your Google Assistant is now available on Android TV, starting with NVIDIA SHIELD TV today and Sony Bravia TVs in the coming months.
With your Assistant on Android TV, you can jump right into your favorite show, find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game, dim the lights and more— all with just your voice. To get started, accept the Google Assistant system update on your SHIELD and press your remote’s mic button after the device restarts. From there, you’re ready to sit back and relax with the help of your Assistant.”
Very soon we will be able to throw away the remotes and use only our voice for our cinematic needs. This update makes a perfect companion to our Voxior AV extension expected to be released by the end of October.
“Voice commands are handled from the remote, which has a microphone built in. Users can either press the mic button and issue a command or just say "OK Google" while the box is on. On Android TV, the Google Assistant specializes in navigation and content searching. You can ask it to play shows by name, and as long as you're subscribed to the right content providers, the shows will just play. There are general remote control commands like "pause" and "unpause," and you also get access to the full suite of other Google Assistant commands, like controlling smart home devices (great for turning off the lights before a movie), asking questions, and accessing third-party voice apps.”
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