Google TV App Review

  • Our Rating: 3 / 5

Updated 05-09-2023

Version Varies
Google Play Downloads 291,861,167
Developer Google LLC
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Overview

Google TV for Android, with an app ID of com.google.android.videos, is a video player and editor that brings TV streaming experience on Android devices. The app offers a wide range of features, including the ability to stream movies and TV shows from various streaming services, discover new content, and create watchlists.

Features

Stream TV Shows and Movies

Google TV for Android lets you stream a vast library of TV shows and movies from several streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max. You can browse through the catalogues of these services within the Google TV app, so you don't have to switch between multiple apps to find what you want to watch.

Discover New Content

The app conveniently organizes the latest movies, popular TV series, and recommendations based on your interests. You can also use the search function to find specific titles or browse by genre, cast and crew. Additionally, the "For You" tab suggests personalized movie and TV show recommendations for you.

Watchlist

You can create a watchlist of movies, TV shows, and series that you plan to watch later. Adding films and shows to your watchlist is easy; you can do it when browsing titles or by using the "+" button.

Pros

User-Friendly Interface

The user interface of Google TV for Android is clean, sleek and simple. It's easy to navigate and everything is clearly visible. Finding content you want to watch is quick and hassle-free. Furthermore, you can customize your homepage based on your preferences.

Integrates Multiple Streaming Services

The app merges several streaming services, making it convenient for users to browse multiple platforms without having to switch between different apps. This feature is particularly useful for those who have subscriptions to multiple streaming services.

Google Assistant Integration

Google TV is integrated with Google Assistant. You can use voice commands to search for movies or shows, fast-forward, pause or rewind the movie, and control volume. This feature is perfect if you want to find specific content without pulling up the keyboard.

Cons

No Free Content

Although the app is free to download, it requires a subscription to one or more of the supported streaming services to access content. Therefore, there is no free content available within the app.

Only Available in Some Regions

Currently, Google TV for Android is only available in a limited number of regions. Thus, some users may not have access to it.

Unable to Stream Live TV

The app does not offer live TV streaming, which might be a downside for users who want to watch live events, news or sports channels.

Comparison to Similar Apps

While Google TV has various features similar to other streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, etc., it stands out from rivals by providing a unified interface where users can access different streaming services. The personalized home screen with content suggestion and integration with Google Assistant is an added advantage. It's worth noting that some services, like Netflix, don't provide the complete catalogue on Google TV.

Tips for Using the App

  • Create your own profile based on your interests to enable personalized recommendations.
  • Add movies and TV shows you plan to watch later to your watchlist for easy access.
  • Use Google Assistant to search for content and control playback.

Conclusion

Google TV for Android is an excellent app for streaming movies and TV shows. Its user-friendly interface, personalized content suggestions and the ability to stream several streaming services within one app make it stand out from other similar apps. However, some users might be disappointed that live TV streaming is not available, and it requires a subscription to use. All in all, if you have a subscription to any of the compatible streaming services, I would definitely recommend this app for a smooth and hassle-free streaming experience.