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Google Assistant now available on Android TV, starting with Shield TV

Google Assistant now available on Android TV, starting with Shield TV”

After waiting and waiting (and waiting), Google is finally starting the rollout of Assistant to Android TV. Now it's arriving to Shield devices courtesy of Nvidia's 6.0 software update. "SHIELD controller's built-in microphone and low-power ambient listening capabilities activate your Google Assistant with just your voice". This packs in sensitive microphones, which are passively listing for the "OK Google" wake word thanks to the new update. Nvidia's Shield TV is the first device to get the digital assistant and it will later roll-out to Sony's Bravia TVs with Android TV.

"With your Assistant on Android TV, you can jump right into your favorite show, find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game, dim the lights and more- all with just your voice", Google wrote in a blog post. That context awareness also means you can dive deeper into queries, chaining questions without repeating information you've previously shared, so you can ask about Oscar-winning movies from a previous year, and then follow up with questions like "who starred in that one". Users can purchase a $39.99 dongle that plugs into the Shield TV and turns it into a smart home hub.

This addition brings a whole new level of interaction to your SHIELD TV (and Bravia TVs "in the coming months"), since you can issue "Okay, Google" commands to your remote and go from there.



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