The “rebirth” of Google TV: from 16 GB minimum, to support for Nest, Fitbit and Wear OS

GoogleGoogle strongly believes in its Google TV and Android TV platforms and is about to introduce a number of new features to improve the user experience. There’s more storage on supported devices and the arrival of new features like streaming to Nest Audio devices, Fast Pair and integration with Fitbit/Wear OS. The occasion was a closed-door meeting with TV partners, where the search giant outlined its plans for both platforms. Let’s see what awaits us for the future. Google apparently “strongly encourages” its partners to adopt at least 16 GB of storage on new Android TV and Google TV devices starting with the release of Android 13. The reason is clear: more space for apps and system updates, as currently cheap Google TV and Android TV devices (including Chromecast with Google TV, but not only) only have 8 GB of storage. storage, which they limit at least strongly. While some brands offer TVs with 32 GB of memory, many users are now forced to uninstall their apps to update the system or install new apps, and Google’s decision is to be welcomed. But what will manufacturers do if Google itself sells its flagship Google TV device with just 8GB of memory? We hope that at least the new Chromecast with Google TV Full HD sets a good example (even if expectations are low).

The other new thing, and one that much of the camera seems to have focused on, is Google’s move to bring Nest Audio support and integration with Fitbit and Wear OS to the Google TV platform. In chronological order, the first to arrive should be support for streaming audio from Google TV devices to Nest Audio speakers, something already in the air for a few years but now finally ready for release. According to Google, the feature should arrive “in the next few months” and should also extend to speakers from other brands. Another upcoming feature is Fast Pair, something Google is pushing hard with its latest devices, and is expected to arrive “late this year or early next year”. Later, however, Android TV and Google TV integration with wearable devices, both Fitbit and Wear OS, is expected to come. It’s unclear what this new feature will be, but it should materialize into something like interactive video workouts where fitness data such as calories burned, heart rate and more can appear on the TV, much like Apple and Samsung devices. According to the report, Google intends to implement this integration around 2023, while by 2024 it aims to bring smart device controls, such as access to security cameras, to TVs, “without interrupting the movie-watching experience.