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Google TV adds personalized profile, ‘Ambient Mode’ information card

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Google TV is getting a more personal touch, as it keeps the motor at gunpoint in the running race to outperform other streaming platforms like Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV.

Google TV is the entertainment interface of Internet Beaumont that integrates streaming video services (including live TV), movies, shows and other applications. It includes Google’s latest generation of Chromecast streaming dongles and smart TVs from Sony and TCL.

Coming soon to Google TV: support for multiple user profiles that allow anyone at home to set up their own personalized space with their Google Account; And at a glance the information “card” is based on your profile that can be seen when the TV is turned on but not used.

Google TV lets you create up to 12 profiles on each connected TV device. With individual profiles, users will receive their own TV and movie recommendations (based on your TV viewing history) and watchlists. Google TV will support child profiles that can be managed by a parent or guardians. Google TV profiles are linked to the Google Assistant in your account, asking you “What should I see?” Or drag your calendar saying “Show me my day”.

Google TV already allows you to set your TV to scroll through Google Photos while idle. With the Ambient-Mode card, you can configure it to display information like sports scores, weather and news based on your profile. This feature also provides on-screen shortcuts so you can start taking pictures or playing music and podcasts with one click.

A mock-up of what ambient-mode cards look like on Google TV:

Google TV - Ambient Mode Card

Google has announced that the Virtual Remote for Google TV will soon be coming to the Google Home app (both iOS and Android versions). Last month, it launched a Google TV remote-control app for Android only, replacing the previous Android TV remote.

Also, Google TV has integrated the streaming pay-TV service Philo into its live TV feature, joining YouTube TV and Dish’s Sling TV. After adding Filo as your live TV provider, you’ll see your favorite shows in the Live TV tab of Google TV and in your recommendations.

Google says support for profiles and ambient-mode cards will soon begin on Chromecast from Sony and TCL via Google TV and Google TV. Profiles will be available worldwide, while ambient-mode cards will only be available in the United States

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