The Google TV app for iOS, which aggregates content recommendations from multiple streaming services and allows you to create a universal watchlist of your favorites, is now available. Google says it will replace the previous Google Play Movies and TV app in the App Store, so if you already have that installed, you should be able to update to the Google TV experience today.
The software, which is already available on Android, also allows you to rate previous viewings in order to improve future recommendations. More importantly, Android TV and Chromecast owners who have Google TV can use the Google TV app as a remote control for those devices by tapping the remote icon.
Netflix is the only major streaming service that does not allow its content to be included in Google TV’s rows of aggregated recommendations. The company dropped out of Google TV integration shortly after the release of the 2020 Chromecast, and Google has been unable to bring Netflix back in since.
Aside from its entertainment carousels, the Google TV app will also store your Google rentals and purchases. (If you have Movies Anywhere installed, this is another way to watch that content.) Everything is accessible via the “your stuff” tab. The “highlights” tab, according to Google, keeps you “up to date with a personalized daily feed of news, reviews, and more about the entertainment you love.”
Google TV remains one of my favorite interfaces for exploring what’s available across all of your subscription services. Google recently added individual user profiles to the experience, allowing each member of your household to have their own personalized picks and home screen. The company has also hinted that fitness features for its TV platform are in the works.