Google Assistant for Android TV launches first on SHIELD TV


Remember, Google first announced Android TV would get Google Assistant almost a year ago, so this is long overdue.

A new update is rolling out to NVIDIA SHIELD devices today, and it brings some major improvements. To commemorate the Google Assistant integration, Nvidia is offering 3 months of free YouTube Red to the users. Additionally, you will also be able to see your Google Photos, calendar events, and other details directly on Android TV.

The Google Assistant officially began its Android TV expansion by hitting the second-generation NVIDIA SHIELD TV, the Alphabet-owned company announced on Thursday, promising that more compatible devices are set to receive its digital companion in the near future. To get started, accept the Google Assistant system update on your Shield and press your remote's mic button after the device restarts.

Google Assistant also has app integrations so it can be used to pull up content from apps like Netflix.

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Its different from the Google Voice Search feature that was previously available on the set-top box.

Apart from all the unbelievable features such as timers, alarms, and phone calls, Google Assistant could also perform all its Google Home tasks on NVIDIA Shield TV. And the recent price drop for the basic Shield TV-plus-remote price down to $180 for makes it an even more attractive option. The Assistant is also contextually aware.

Apparently, you won't be able to do timers, alarms, and phone calls, but other than that, Google Assistant on the Nvidia Shield TV should offer the same experience you can get through a Google Home. The lineup includes Nexus Player, other TVs with Android OS, and Xiaomi's Mi Box. In fact, you can play a wide variety of content, from movies to TV shows to YouTube clips and music. You can open the Assistant on it by just saying,"OK, Google", that's pretty nifty, right?

"Play business news"- catch up on what's going on in the news, from business to tech to entertainment. Coupled with a large screen to which your NVIDIA SHIELD TV is connected to, the feature has the potential to transform one's smart TV experience, Google suggested. Let us know in the comment section below!