Google HQ has rolled out a new update for Google TV that includes voice commands and better YouTube integration.
In a blog post, Greg Funk and Eric Liu, product managers at Google, said the update encompassed three main features. The first is voice search – from now on, there'll be no more fumbling with the remote. Simply shout "Red Sox" in the direction of the television, hope your neighbors don't think you're batty, and wait for an image of Fenway Park to appear.
The second feature is an app called PrimeTime – a kind of hyper-muscular interactive TV guide with a built-in recommendation engine.
With PrimeTime, Funk and Liu write, "you can quickly flip through the best stuff on live TV, access your favorite channels, see TV shows you recently watched, and find other suggestions based on what you enjoy watching."
Third feature: improved YouTube integration. With a new YouTube app, you can find a video on your smartphone, and beam it immediately up to the TV set.
"The world watches 4 billion hours of YouTube per month, but it’s not yet as easy to watch YouTube on your TV as it is on your computers, phones, and tablets," Funk and Liu note. "YouTube and Google TV are changing that."