Android TV’s helpful search feature now digs into the Netflix vault to find what you’re looking for.
Search is usually at the heart of Google-built products, so the inability to apply that to Netflix stood out, especially since similar search capabilities worked with Netflix on Apple TV and Roku devices.
Looking for your next @Netflix binge? It just got easier on #AndroidTV, now with universal search. pic.twitter.com/oh3HzIOoTs
— Android (@Android) June 23, 2016
Google’s screenshots indicate you’ll see a card with details about the show and the ability to launch it inside of the Netflix app. It appears this could be a server-side switch, since there’s no update at this time for the Netflix Android TV app.
The story behind the story: Android TV is Google’s lesser-known effort to win over your television. Google’s hardware went in two different directions: the Chromecast has been a successful seller and spurred a second iteration, while the company recently killed off its Nexus Player. The plan going forward is to focus on third-party hardware like the Nvidia Shield and companies like Sony that are building Android TV into their televisions.