Android TV devices gain new built-in ‘Free TV Channels’ app from Google

Google is taking a page out of Amazon’s playbook by adding a new “Free TV Channels” app to the favorite app list of Android TV devices, as spotted by 9to5Google. Amazon often adds new shortcut and hub apps to the Fire TV’s app list that lead to collections of streaming content. The new “Free TV Channels” app on Android TV devices isn’t actually a stand-alone app, but, rather, it just takes users to the Live tab where they can find the over 100 free channels that Google built into Android TV earlier this year. This new shortcut will appear on Android TV devices, like the Nvidia Shield TV, in the US and not on Google TV devices, like the Google Chromecast. Thankfully, the new shortcut app can be hidden or removed.

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