Google TV is looking to expand into smart home and fitness
Potential new features for Google TV have been shared by Google TV’s Director of Product Management, Rob Caruso. With Google recently revealing that over 110 million people are using Android TV devices each month, it is keen to expand its service.
The premise of Google TV is to bring multiple streaming services together so that, for example, you can get recommendations from various apps on your device’s home screen. Google's idea is to have universal search functionality and a system-wide watchlist feature, subject to buy-in from the relevant content providers.
Caruso suggests that getting companies like Netflix fully onboard will enable the company to improve and further innovate on the platform. Caruso also stated that smart home capabilities may be coming to Google TV in the coming months; he indicated that Google TV would follow recent Android updates to integrate devices better.
Other improvements called out by Caruso included broadening the range of free live TV channels, and he named Zoom as a potential app that it may bring to its TVs in the future. Plus, Google is looking to integrate its own devices with TVs, such as Google Fit and Fitbit, alongside other third party services.
Google has not committed to a timeframe for implementing these new features. However, Caruso suggested that these changes will happen soon, with some potentially available later in 2022.