The Google TV app gets a much-needed overhaul, but it’s missing a piece


What do you want to know

  • The Google TV app has received a massive overhaul.
  • Its bottom navigation bar has been revamped, with the Library and Watchlist tabs combined into a single hub.
  • Google has also started rolling out the new Highlights feed, which displays a personalized feed of entertainment news and reviews based on your preferences.

Google has been steadily pushing for the Google TV app to become your go-to destination for discovering new movies and shows as well as managing your watchlist. To that end, the search giant has started rolling out a new design for the app.

Perhaps the most notable element of the redesign is the new “Highlights” tab, which displays a personalized feed of entertainment news, reviews, and more content based on movies and shows you love. In March, Google unveiled the New Tab as part of a larger Android update. (opens in a new tab) for various services including Google Photos, Gboard, Live Transcription, Google Assistant, etc.

According 9to5Google (opens in a new tab), the Highlights stream is now available to select Google TV app users running version 4.32.50. The new tab includes a way to like or dislike a movie or show, in addition to YouTube videos and articles based on your preferences.

Feed is the first tab in the bottom navigation bar, replacing the Home tab. Speaking of that tab, it has now been replaced by the “For You” tab, which sits next to Highlights. Except for the new name and the removal of the “Movies” and “Series” tabs at the top, there are no significant changes with the new tab. However, you can still access the shortcuts for these destinations by scrolling down the page.

Next to ‘For you’ is the ‘Store’ tab, which will contain all the streaming content you can rent or buy. These are currently all available in the Play Movies & TV section of the Play Store. Google announced in March that it would remove this tab as part of the transition this month (opens in a new tab). Given Google TV‘s deeper integration with many of the best Android TVs (opens in a new tab)movement makes sense.

The new Google TV Highlights tab (Image credit: 9to5Google)

Google has also combined the “Library” and “Watchlist” tabs, which were previously separate. It is now called “Your Stuff”, although there are not many changes.

However, the app’s new design left out the Material You theme that Google teased in early March. It’s still a welcome change and should make it easier to discover content and watch it right on your TV, which will be a breeze once the Google TV app gets the ability to stream shows and movies. (opens in a new tab) straight to your TV later this year.


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