Google shows more information about the changes in the interface that Android TV will suffer with the arrival of Android Oreo.
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Android TV is Google's operating system for smart TVs, based on Android. It inherits many applications and functions that enhance the viewing of content in the room. Although Android Oreo has been on Android phones and even watched a few months ago, has not yet reached Android TV, but will do so with a new interface.
New design of Android TV Oreo focused on content
Current interface (Android TV Nougat)
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The main thing is multimedia content that's what a television user spends. And that's what the new Android TV interface wants to improve with the Oreo update. A television is not like a cell phone, it does not make sense to show many application icons.
The update also brings improvements in the first steps with a new Android TV device. This will allow you to quickly select apps to install based on the ones you use on Android phones or tablets. The Google Assistant also gains more prominence.
New interface of Android TV Oreo
As you can see in the image, now each application can have its own line of content . Also, you do not have to limit yourself to just one, but you can show several. For example, YouTube shows a single video of one channel you've subscribed to and another of the recommended videos. These "lines" can be turned on and off to prove.
We are not dealing with a static box project, but by hovering over them they can play fragments or trailers. A way to capture the user's attention. In a "See Later" line all recommendations will be put together as next chapters of the series you started .
This does not lead to the loss of applications so far, which will remain available and accessible. If there are some that you use a lot, you can correct them so that the first ones always appear . Television controls generally do not like navigating the interfaces.
An update that will one day arrive
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