Google improves Google TV with voice search, PrimeTime

Michelle Clancy | 15-11-2012

Google is rolling out voice search and an upgraded programme guide for Google TV in an effort to make the viewing experience "faster and easier" for consumers.

"Last year, your Google TV received an update which added Google Play and simplified the entertainment discovery experience," the company said in its blog. "Our next update makes finding whatever you want on Google TV even faster and easier."

The update starts to roll out this week to LG devices and to other devices thereafter. The voice control allows users to speak in order to watch TV shows and movies, start playing a YouTube video, open applications, go to websites, do a Google search and more.

"Say 'CNN' to go right to the channel, or say 'Homeland' to see all the live and streaming options to watch the show," the company said. "You can even say 'how to tie a bow tie' to watch an instructional YouTube video. Try 'search movies with Jeff Bridges' and see results in our new, more visual search results page."

Last year Google TV added the TV & Movies app to help browse the 100,000+ movies and TV episodes available to watch. Now called PrimeTime, the app can be accessed anywhere in Google TV and allows users to browse for something new while watch something else.

"You can quickly flip through the best stuff on live TV, access your favourite channels, see TV shows you recently watched, and find other suggestions based on what you enjoy watching," Google said.

The news comes on the heels of Google's announcement that it is rolling out the ability to sync the updated YouTube app for Android and Google TV, so devices automatically pair. That way, any YouTube video can be played from an Android phone or tablet on your TV.