If, like this writer, your Google TV recommendations have been tarnished by your child’s viewing habits, the good news is that your next suggested show to watch will likely be something more suitable than Puppy Dog Pals or Blippi.
Much to the relief of parents and apartment-sharers, Google TV is finally rolling out multiple user profiles for people in a free update.
The software update now allows each member of a family to have their own profile, which means that each person will receive relevant recommendations based on their previous individual view of that profile.
It has been one of the most requested features by users and was initially announced as being added to the platform in October of last year, before being shelved a few months later.
During the wait, Google has added profiles for kids, but today’s update finally brings the platform into line with Netflix and Disney Plus, which have offered multiple user profiles practically since launch if you’re using their apps.
Users with compatible devices should keep an eye out for firmware updates available in the coming weeks, which should include the feature, with Chromecast owners with Google TV dongle already getting the update in the last 24 hours.
When Google TV was announced as the de facto replacement for the venerable Android TV, smart recommendations were highlighted as one of the key features of the new platform.
When working properly, Google TV’s smart recommendations have a knack for showing you a show or movie you might not have heard about or considered before.
But far from offering smarter suggestions, the lack of multiple user accounts meant that many users of Google TV-compatible devices had to put up with irritating viewing advice, with some suggested TV shows and movies being downright inappropriate.
It was probably a big source of frustration and surprise for many users that it took so long to release an update that properly solves the problem, but the new update is welcome especially for those who suffer from decision paralysis and never – ending scrolling. from Netflix when looking for late-night entertainment.