Android TV’s new home screen will now recommend movies, TV shows, and apps

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    Alex_7

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    Android TV’s new home screen will now recommend movies, TV shows, and apps

    I'm curious if the tivo stream will get this update. Looks more like fire tv device UI with those giant ads
     
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    My android tv's home screen always played preview content. And it seems like we get the preview too when we move the cursor over a show like it does in Netflix. I'm OK with it. One way or the other, advertising isn't going to go away. Only so much money is made from data mining.

    And the stream is android, so why wouldn't it?

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    Alex_7

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    I'm using a custom launcher on my tivo stream so I won't be seeing these ads if it does update.
     
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    dbpaddler

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    What are you using? Poked around for a few, but nothing really stood out to enhance TV viewing. Just seemed like phone type launchers where I like the recommended rows for the streaming apps I use or picking up where I left off.

    The only thing I'd really want is if I could throw a row of channel icons to take me direct to that channel in channels dvr. Which I'm sure there's a way. Just haven't found it yet.

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    Wolf Launcher, you can create your own custom sections, custom wallpaper, widgets, its great!

     
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    Maybe I'm missing aomething, but it just seems like it wants to recreate a phone launcher. Static icons, folders, widgets with info that doesn't really improve my viewing experience. It looks pretty, but otherwise I kinda like stock. I like to see recommendations or to continue what I'm currently watching on the apps I use.

    If I could keep that type of live/updated content and have more customization, that'd be nice.

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    Ahh Ok, everyone's preference is different, I understand.

    For recommendations and up next I use the Reelgood app, its less clutter on my home screen.
     
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    dbpaddler

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    Gotcha. Havent dived that deep down the rabbit hole. At least android tv is that customizable. Options are nice and definitely more than what you get on other platforms.

    For me, if you could keep some of that live info and still customize, then I'd be in.

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  11. AussieFigjam

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    It just got the update :( and I want to disable it (see my other thread), but there seems to be no simple way to do that. it takes up half my screen and doesn't show me anything useful.

    I like the Android TV stock launcher, and I can't find any custom launcher that gives me the same look. if Anyone knows a custom launcher that looks the same as the stock launcher (without the recommendations), I'm all ears.
     
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    Can you go left of the icon and remove it like other rows of recommendations? Or at least bury it at the bottom.

    And yes I know my projector is off. Haven't put up the new one yet.
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    No, that doesn't work. It's not like a normal row, there's no left bubble and minus. If go up to it (the home screen defaults to the original top row), all you can do is scroll round the recommendations endlessly. Hitting "left" or "right", just scrolls round the recommendations in either direction, and it simply loops round, scrolling off the end just takes you back to the first recommendation. There is no way to get off the list of recommendations except by hitting "down" to go back down the the main home row.

    What's worse is that the row takes up the same amount of space as about 3 regular rows, so when you hit home, the recommendations start by taking up half the screen until you scroll down below them (then they disappear off the top).

    This is a consolidated effort by Google to be in your face with things they are probably getting paid for.
     
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    Guess the only way to get rid of it is to do a 3rd part launcher and lose the channel specific bars. That kinda sucks.

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    Yeah, I tried disabling com.google.leanbacklauncher.recomendations, but nothing gets rid of it. Basically, it seems to be baked in to the launcher itself. This is also evident from the fact that if I start another launcher, it goes away.

    So, no way I can see of disabling it, basically, Google has hard-coded this row in to their stock launcher.

    Now we have to wait for someone to create a custom launcher that looks exactly like the stock launcher without the advertising row (oh slip of the tongue, I meant "recommendations" row) :(
     
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    It might not be possible to put live content in a 3rd party launcher. You might be stuck with just icons and pretty background. Maybe Tivo Stream will get better.

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    Well who ever at google came up with this idea needs to be fired. Home screen looks absolutely terrible now. Ruined a good thing. They obviously learned nothing from Amazon and how people hate this.
     
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    Unfortunately, they probably got a promotion and a pay rise. This will net Google a lot of money in advertising. If only they would add some way to turn it off; but I fear that won't happen because of the revenue involved.
     
  19. dbpaddler

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    I'm sure it was always the intent to get more ad revenue based on your viewing habits. I'd be fine with it if it didn't take up a full third of the upper screen.

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    I have not received this update, but then again it doesn't matter since I use a custom launcher
     
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