The Google TV Highlights tab is now live, giving you access to entertainment news, recaps and interviews on your phone


This comes at the cost of dedicated tabs for Library and Watchlist

It’s not enough to watch and enjoy a TV show from the comfort of your couch. The conversation about water coolers exists online these days, both on social media and with entertainment-focused blog recaps. With its latest update, Google offers users shows, movies, and media talks in one app.

First announced in March, the Google TV app now has a new Highlights tab, featuring entertainment news, interviews, trailers and more, as spotted by 9to5Google. It’s reminiscent of the Discover section that appears in Chrome and to the left of home screens on some Android devices, but focuses exclusively on movies, TV shows, and celebrity culture. The app still defaults to the “For You” tab when opened – now the second tab at the bottom of the screen – so ignoring the feature is easy enough if you’re not trying to stay up to date on the entertainment news.


If an entry in Highlights is a news article, it opens directly in an in-app browser. YouTube clips, however, open directly in the YouTube app – you’ll need to switch back to Google TV when you’re done watching. Each entry has a “Related Highlights” section, which gives you a show or movie page with other covers to match.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to dismiss or select specific content you’re interested in for this tab. Most of my feed consisted of recent releases – movies like Hatchingshows like Candy and The Time Traveler’s Wife, and even celebrity culture like the ongoing lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. If you are not interested in this content, you will have to wait for the algorithm to remove it. Likewise, I haven’t received any previews of things I’m actively watching, like Barry’s third season.

To make room for Highlights, Google moved Library and Watchlist into a single tab: Your Stuff, which has three sections for browsing your collection. Highlights definitely needs time to develop, although it can improve with regular use. It is now rolling out via the latest update on the Play Store.

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