Google’s monthly security patches are designed to provide only hot fixes to security vulnerabilities, but the latest one comes with something more. The Google Assistant is already available on some newer Android TV devices, but is now reaching the Google Nexus Player, which debuted a few years back. It works using either the included microphone as part of the controller, or via the Android TV Remote app and your smartphone’s dedicated microphone.
Google does not tend to release new features as part of its security patch updates for smartphones, though it has here for Android TV. The Google Nexus Player released three years ago in November of 2014 with a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and has been meticulously kept up to date with new software ever since. It’s not clear when Google will stop releasing software updates for this gadget, which is now absent from the company’s software support pages.
The Nexus Player is the third Android TV unit to receive the integrated Google Assistant functionality, coming after Nvidia’s SHIELD TV, which is not a product of Google’s own, and a number of smart Sony Bravia televisions.
This is an interesting development for the aging Android TV set-top box, and may just be the final feature push to the device before support is cut off. This is, though, just our speculation, and we could get a better idea of what’s to make of the device once December’s patches arrive (or not!). One question remains: Where’s the Pixel TV box, Google?
SOURCE [Android Police]