During the recent weeks an early demo of Android O has been made available to some users and here are their first impressions. The first thing that’s easy to notice is that its UI is actually more comfortable compared with those of established brands — like Apple TV and Chromecast.
Android O does lack some functionality, e.g. Google Assistant it’s not running on it yet, however, it has a beautiful groundwork already performed.
Android TV is very akin to the likes of Fire TV and Xbox, it has a function that allows to create separate channels which the user can then scroll through with live previews already there, thus making it so much easier to find what the user wants to watch.
The is also an option to select the traditional grid view, that displays all available apps the user wants to display, thus allowing for an intuitive browsing experience.
Some ease-of-use features are also available, users can save Netflix shows for later watch with a held press of its icon. Content makers, however, can make this complicated as it’s opt-in, and they can choose not to be displayed in the Android TV listing, thus locking down their content to their own app.