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Today, in a post to the Official Google TV Blog, Google announced officially the new functionality offered by the YouTube update we covered yesterday, along with a few other treats set to hit Google TV users starting with LG devices "this week."

First among the enhancements is the addition of Voice Search, allowing users to "simply speak to watch anything." Voice Search recognizes commands for opening apps, playing YouTube videos, visiting websites, and even finding channels or specific TV shows. For example, if you don't remember what to punch in to get from the Golf Channel to CNN, you can just say "CNN," and Google TV will do the work for you. If you want to watch Homeland, just say so – Google TV will find all your options.

Google also announced a guide called PrimeTime, which is actually an improved and renamed TV & Movies app. The app will help you find something else to watch if you're looking to turn the station but don't know what you're looking for. PrimeTime pulls "the best stuff on live TV," your favorite channels, recently-watched shows, and other suggestions together in a nice, easy interface. Conveniently, the PrimeTime app is already available for download from the Play Store.

Finally, the update introduces what we already saw in YouTube's recent update – the ability to use your Android device as what amounts to a remote for YouTube on your Google TV.

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Google says these updates will come first to LG Devices with Google TV "over the coming weeks," with a broader rollout to "other  second generation hardware" in the coming months, while first generation devices will only receive updates to PrimeTime and YouTube. Hit the link below for more information.

Source: Official Google TV Blog

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  • RedPandaAlex

    What about the new tablet remote app that was teased?

  • James Power

    There are LG Google TVs?

  • Aaron Berlin

    I think Google really needs to decide whether or not it's "all in" on Google TV or not. This update looks great. These are terrific incremental features, but the pace of updates and the slow pace of rollout on existing devices where, unlike Android proper, there are only a half-dozen devices to target, suggests that the team doing this work is just too small for the amount of catch-up that needs to be done.

    • http://twitter.com/OpenIntro Eric Vaughan

      Totally agree.

      That being said, if the voice control works as well as this video shows, this could be a game changer. Making finding what you want to watch easier is the key.

      • Aaron Berlin

        I agree. If it works as well as the video, it should alleviate much of people's "eww, gross" reaction when they look at a remote with a QWERTY keyboard (which I always thought was overblown, but I think that battle is over and we/I lost).

  • http://twitter.com/videomap videomap

    when you make a voice search, it mute also your parents in the room ?
    as regards the youtube app, was not more simple and beautiful video sharing via dlna ? compatible with all tv ?

  • David Fleck

    Ummm...what about those of us who don't have that nifty remote? Will we use our Android phone or tablet for voice search?

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    The Nexus Q should have been the official Google TV device, let's hope it's still in the works at a better price next time around

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    Google TV still looks like that? That interface (particularly things like "All apps") is a joke.