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Welcome to your New Home on Android TV

Posted by Paul Saxman, Android Devices and Media Developer Relations Lead

Android TV brings rich app experiences and entertainment to the biggest screen in your house, and with Android O, we’re making it even easier for users to access content from their favorite apps. We’ve built a new, content-centric home screen experience for Android TV, and we're bringing the Google Assistant to the platform as well. These features put content that users want to access a few clicks, or spoken words, away.

The New Android TV Home Screen

The new Android TV home screen organizes video content into channels and programs in a way that’s familiar to TV viewers. Each Android TV app can publish multiple channels, which are represented as rows of programs on the home screen. Apps add relevant programs on each channel, and update these programs and channels as users access content or when new content is available. To help engage users, programs can include a video preview, which is automatically played when a user focuses on a program. Users can configure which channels they wish to see on the home screen, and the ordering of channels, so the themes and shows they’re interested in are quick and easy to access.

In addition to channels for you app, the top of the new Android TV home screen includes a quick launch bar for users' favorite apps, and a special Watch Next channel. This channel contains programs based on the viewing habits of the user.

The APIs for creating and maintaining channels and programs are part of the TvProvider APIs, which are distributed as an Android Support Library module with Android O. To get started using these APIs, visit the Android O Developer Preview site for an overview, and try out the Android TV Channels and Programs codelab for a first-hand experience building an Android TV app for Android O.

Later this year, Nexus Players will receive the new Android TV home experience as an OTA update. If you wish build and test apps for the new interface today, however, you can use the Android TV emulator or Nexus Player device images that are part of the latest Android O Developer Preview.

The Google Assistant on Android TV

The Google Assistant on Android TV, coming later this year, will allow users to quickly find and access content using their voice. Because the Assistant is context-aware, it can help users narrow down what content to play. Users will also be able access the Assistant to control playback, even while a video or music is playing. And since the Assistant can control compatible smart home devices, a simple voice request can dim the lights to create an ideal movie viewing environment. When the Google Assistant comes to Android TV, it will launch in the US on Android devices running M, N, and O.

We're looking forward to seeing how developers take advantage of the new Android TV home screen. We welcome feedback, so please visit the Android TV Developer Community on G+ to share you thoughts and ideas!

What’s next for Google payment and loyalty experiences

Posted by Pali Bhat, VP of Payment Products

Thousands of apps and millions of stores accept Android Pay, a simpler and more secure mobile payment experience. Android Pay is now available in 10 markets, with more coming soon, including Brazil, Canada, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. And in addition to our already announced Visa and Mastercard partnerships, we'll soon enable a streamlined mobile checkout experience for PayPal users.

The newest ways to pay with Google

Yesterday, we announced the Google Payment API, which lets people pay in app or online with any verified credit or debit card saved to their Google Account, via products like Google Play, Chrome and YouTube.

Paying with Google in the Wish app

For users, the option to pay with Google means breezing through checkout without needing to remember and type multiple lines of payment details. You simply choose your preferred card, enter a security code or authenticate with your Android device, and check out.

Developers who adopt this API can enable an easy-to-use checkout experience for their customers. Sign up for early access to the new Google Payment API.

In the upcoming months, we'll also enable people in the U.S. to send or receive payments via the Google Assistant. On your Google Home or Android device, it's as simple as saying "Ok Google, send $10 to Jane for pizza." All you need is a debit card linked to your Google account.

Pay friends on Google Assistant

Connect with customers before, during and after purchase

We're also announcing new ways for merchants to engage and reward customers before they walk into the store and after they've left.

The Card Linked Offers API drives customer loyalty by providing a new channel to deliver targeted offers, and Panera Bread is one of the first merchants who will roll out this new capability nationally. MyPanera members who save their loyalty card to Android Pay can discover offers and learn about new menu items, surfaced by Android Pay when they are at the store. The offer is redeemed when you use your MyPanera account at checkout.

Card Linked Offers for Panera Bread in the Android Pay app

We're also making it easier for Android Pay users to add loyalty programs. For example, Walgreens Balance Rewards® members who manually apply their loyalty account with a phone number and use Android Pay will receive a notification on their phone that easily enables them to link that loyalty card to Android Pay for future visits. This experience is powered by our smart tap technology, which Walgreens has fully deployed across their 8,000+ U.S. stores.

There's more—we're collaborating with Clover, a First Data company, to expand our smart tap technology beyond national retailers to businesses of all sizes. With the upcoming integration of smart tap in Clover's developer APIs, you'll be able to build Android apps for loyalty, coupon and gift card redemption and new features, such as order ahead and tap for pick up.

Visit developers.google.com/payments for the latest on all of our Google Payment, Loyalty and Offers APIs.

Happy Mother’s Day – Here’s how your Google Assistant can help you celebrate

Mother’s Day is today and your Google Assistant is here to help you! So whether you need to pull together some last minute plans or just want to find the right way to make mom’s day, ask your Assistant and you’ll be on your way.

mother's day

  • Busy morning? Don’t forget the big day. Ask your Assistant on Android phones to “Remind me to call Mom”
  • Pulling together your last minute plans? Ask your Assistant on Google Home “What should I do for mom?
  • Looking for the perfect activity? Ask your Google Assistant on Android phones to “Find me nearby tea shops”
  • Pick her up some flowers on your way to celebrate. Ask your Assistant in Allo “Where's the nearest flower shop?”
  • If flowers at a park are more her style, ask your Assistant on Android phones “Where’s the nearest botanical garden?”
  • Who doesn’t love a homemade dinner? Just say to  your Assistant on Google Home -- “Let’s make lasagne”
  • The perfect addition? Ask your Assistant on Google Home to “Play my mother’s day playlist"
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day with a family game night. Ask your Assistant on Home to “Play a trivia game?”

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day – Here’s how your Google Assistant can help you celebrate

Mother’s Day is today and your Google Assistant is here to help you! So whether you need to pull together some last minute plans or just want to find the right way to make mom’s day, ask your Assistant and you’ll be on your way.

mother's day

  • Busy morning? Don’t forget the big day. Ask your Assistant on Android phones to “Remind me to call Mom”
  • Pulling together your last minute plans? Ask your Assistant on Google Home “What should I do for mom?
  • Looking for the perfect activity? Ask your Google Assistant on Android phones to “Find me nearby tea shops”
  • Pick her up some flowers on your way to celebrate. Ask your Assistant in Allo “Where's the nearest flower shop?”
  • If flowers at a park are more her style, ask your Assistant on Android phones “Where’s the nearest botanical garden?”
  • Who doesn’t love a homemade dinner? Just say to  your Assistant on Google Home -- “Let’s make lasagne”
  • The perfect addition? Ask your Assistant on Google Home to “Play my mother’s day playlist"
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day with a family game night. Ask your Assistant on Home to “Play a trivia game?”

Happy Mother’s Day!

Say bonjour to your Assistant in Google Allo

@Google, ou est le marché Jean-Talon?

Last year, we launched Google Allo with smart features in English, Brazilian Portuguese and Hindi. Today, we’re adding support for these features in French, thanks to our latest update.

Now, for the first time ever, Canadians will be able to interact with their Google Assistant in French! 


The Google Assistant is ready to help en français

Google Allo is our smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. You can get help from your Assistant without ever leaving the conversation. Sharing sports scores, recipes, or travel plans in French is now easy to do right in your chats with friends.

To start using the Assistant in Canadian French, just say “Talk to me in Canadian French” when you’re chatting with your Assistant in Google Allo. You can also adjust the language setting for your Assistant on your device. So whether you’re looking into weather forecasts for your trip to The Laurentians or for directions to the Olympic Stadium, add @google to your chat and your Assistant is ready to help.

Embracing French-Canadian culture
We’ve made Assistant be truly French Canadian, customizing the app with local elements that are unique to Quebec. From local celebrities and artists to landmarks and cultural institutions, you can ask the Assistant to answer questions that are specifically relevant to French Canada.

Respond rapidement with Smart Reply
We’ve found that Smart Reply in English has been helpful in sending quick responses while you’re chatting on the go. We’re now adding support for Smart Reply in French, so you can quickly send a “Oui” in response to a friend asking “Es-tu en chemin pour la partie de soccer?”.

Smart Reply will recognize the language you’re chatting in and begin to show suggested responses in that language. If you’re chatting in English, it will continue to show English responses. But if you start chatting in French, it will show you suggestions in that language.

Coming soon! Smart Reply will also suggest responses for photos. If your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you’ll see Smart Reply suggestions like “Trop mignon!” And whether you’re a “ah ah” or “😂” kind of person, Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style.

We can’t wait for you to say bonjour to Google Allo! We’re beginning to roll out these new features in French for Google Allo on Android and iOS, and they will be available to all users in Canada in the next few days.

In addition to French, we’ll continue to bring the Google Assistant and Smart Reply to more languages over time — stay tuned for more!

Your space-exploring Google Assistant

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate on May 5 (out-of-this-world tacos, anyone?), but our celebrations are blasting off for … National Astronaut Day! Your Google Assistant may live here on Earth, but from history lessons to dreaming of constellations, it can help you reach for the stars.

Here are some things you can ask: 

  • Who is Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr?
  • How far away is the Moon?
  • Where’s the closest planetarium?
  • What do astronauts eat in space?
  • How many stars are in the Milky Way?

So grab your spaceship, telescope, imagination—and your Assistant, of course, and have a great weekend!

Your space-exploring Google Assistant

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate on May 5 (out-of-this-world tacos, anyone?), but our celebrations are blasting off for … National Astronaut Day! Your Google Assistant may live here on Earth, but from history lessons to dreaming of constellations, it can help you reach for the stars.

Here are some things you can ask: 

  • Who is Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr?
  • How far away is the Moon?
  • Where’s the closest planetarium?
  • What do astronauts eat in space?
  • How many stars are in the Milky Way?

So grab your spaceship, telescope, imagination—and your Assistant, of course, and have a great weekend!

Your twirling, dancing, arts-appreciating Google Assistant

Ok Google, when is International Dance Day?

It’s tomorrow! So grab your dancing shoes—the Google Assistant is your new partner. Here’s how it can help you get in the spirit of International Dance Day:
dance

  • Practice makes perfect! Ask your Assistant on Android phones to “show me a video of a fouetté.”
  • Those who can’t dance can become dance history buffs. Ask your Assistant on Google Home “who was the founder of ballet?”
  • If you’re looking to learn new dance moves—ask your Assistant on Android phones “how do you do the Nae Nae?”
  • Get in the spirit with the right music—ask your Assistant on Google Home to “play some samba.”
  • Dust off your history books and ask your Assistant in Google Allo “when was the Lindy Hop popular?”
  • Or answer that burning question you’ve always been wondering about—ask your Assistant “can you dance?” (who wouldn’t want to be a part of the world’s longest conga line?)

Whether you want to hone your dancing skills with some practice or leave it to the experts by watching a video, your Google Assistant can help. We'll see you on the dance floor.

Your twirling, dancing, arts-appreciating Google Assistant

Ok Google, when is International Dance Day?

It’s tomorrow! So grab your dancing shoes—the Google Assistant is your new partner. Here’s how it can help you get in the spirit of International Dance Day:
dance

  • Practice makes perfect! Ask your Assistant on Android phones to “show me a video of a fouetté.”
  • Those who can’t dance can become dance history buffs. Ask your Assistant on Google Home “who was the founder of ballet?”
  • If you’re looking to learn new dance moves—ask your Assistant on Android phones “how do you do the Nae Nae?”
  • Get in the spirit with the right music—ask your Assistant on Google Home to “play some samba.”
  • Dust off your history books and ask your Assistant in Google Allo “when was the Lindy Hop popular?”
  • Or answer that burning question you’ve always been wondering about—ask your Assistant “can you dance?” (who wouldn’t want to be a part of the world’s longest conga line?)

Whether you want to hone your dancing skills with some practice or leave it to the experts by watching a video, your Google Assistant can help. We'll see you on the dance floor.

Your twirling, dancing, arts-appreciating Google Assistant

Ok Google, when is International Dance Day?

It’s tomorrow! So grab your dancing shoes—the Google Assistant is your new partner. Here’s how it can help you get in the spirit of International Dance Day:
dance

  • Practice makes perfect! Ask your Assistant on Android phones to “show me a video of a fouetté.”
  • Those who can’t dance can become dance history buffs. Ask your Assistant on Google Home “who was the founder of ballet?”
  • If you’re looking to learn new dance moves—ask your Assistant on Android phones “how do you do the Nae Nae?”
  • Get in the spirit with the right music—ask your Assistant on Google Home to “play some samba.”
  • Dust off your history books and ask your Assistant in Google Allo “when was the Lindy Hop popular?”
  • Or answer that burning question you’ve always been wondering about—ask your Assistant “can you dance?” (who wouldn’t want to be a part of the world’s longest conga line?)

Whether you want to hone your dancing skills with some practice or leave it to the experts by watching a video, your Google Assistant can help. We'll see you on the dance floor.