16 February 2021
Google introduced last week an updated Android TV interface and announced the new change will be rolled out to the US and other countries. But it was first fed to only a number of users prior to a wider rollout. Now, fast forward to today, the new UI is being rolled out to the US as a wider availability.
The new Android TV UI is highly inspired by the new Google TV UI. As a part of the overhaul, the new Android TV UI now follows three tabs – Home, Discover, and Apps.
The Home tab offers the same elements on the screen sans the sidebar that used to have Apps, Watch Next, and Play Movies & TV. The Home screen is home to the collection of channels, shows, and favorite apps. It also includes the recommendation carousel.
The Discover tab looks similar to the For You tab on Google TV UI. This tab features personalized recommendations based on what you watch, in addition to what’s trending on Google. These recommendations are based on the apps and subscriptions you already have on your TV.
The Apps tab is self-explanatory. This houses your installed apps on the TV.
Earlier this month, Google announced that the new Android TV facelift will come to Android TV devices in the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, and France, with more countries to follow further down the road.
According to AndroidPolice, users interested in getting an early look should sideload two APKs to their Android TV units – first Android TV Core Services 3.0.4, followed by Home 3.0. The tech blog that covers everything related to the Android ecosystem points out that even both the APKs are installed, you may still not able to see the change right away. The new UI can take a while to show on your TVs.