The Google TV app, which aggregates content recommendations from many streaming services and lets you create a universal watchlist of your favorites, is now available on iOS. Google says it will replace the old one Google Play Movies & TV app in the App Store, so if you already have it installed, you should be able to update it to the Google TV experience today.
The software, already available on Android, also allows you to note what you have seen previously to improve future recommendations. More importantly for Android TV or Chromecast with Google TV owners, you can use the Google TV app as a remote for these devices by tapping the remote icon.
Not all major streaming services allow their content to be included in Google TV’s aggregated recording rows: Netflix is the big hurdle. The company pulled out of Google TV integration very soon after Chromecast 2020 was released, and Google hasn’t been able to bring Netflix back into the fold since.
Besides its entertainment carousels, the Google TV app will also contain your library of rentals and purchases from Google. (If you’ve set up Movies Anywhere, that’s another way to stream that content.) All of this is accessible from the “Your Stuff” tab. Google says the “Highlights” tab helps you stay “up to date with a personalized daily feed of news, reviews, and other information about the entertainment you love.”
Google TV is still one of my favorite interfaces for browsing what’s available on the services you subscribe to. Recently, Google added individual user profiles to the experience, allowing everyone in your home to have their own personalized selections and home screen. The company also hinted that it has fitness features in the works for its TV platform.