Login

Google TV update will add Voice Search, but not for first-gen devices

Google TV Voice Search

Following on from yesterday’s YouTube app update, Google is continuing to make improvements to the Google TV platform. Today, the company has promised two more features for the platform in a coming update, including Voice Search and a new Quick Guide. Just like on Android devices, Voice Search allows users to speak their queries and trigger an action or pull up relevant results. Saying "Netflix," for example, will open up the app on the set-top box, but viewers can also target specific shows, channels, and even search for YouTube videos.

Movies & TV, meanwhile, has been renamed PrimeTime, with the app bringing a new feature as well. Google is now calling it a "quick guide," designed to make discovery as easy as possible by letting users browse content even if they're already watching something. Viewers will be able to access their favorite shows and channels from the new menu, and also see suggestions as to what they should watch next. Google isn’t giving specifics as to when the update will roll out saying only that it will be "in the coming months" but the company has pledged to bring additional content to the platform in the meantime.

It's not all good news, though: first-generation Google TV devices, such as the Logitech Revue, won't be receiving Voice Search, but will see the new PrimeTime app. Google says that Voice Search will be restricted to second-generation devices, with the company citing the architecture change from Intel to ARM-based processors. That will be disappointing for those who picked up some of the original Google TV units, but more importantly, Google has introduced a problem to its platform as well as new features: fragmentation.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.