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Tip #1456: Google is Dumbing Down TVs
Google will offer Google TV users a chance to make TVs simpler.
OK, so maybe it’s a cheesy headline, but Google recently announced that it will allow users of an upcoming version of Google TV to select a “Basic TV” feature.
As reported by 9to5Google, “the idea behind this version of Google TV is to strip away essentially all of the features that make a smart TV… smart. It goes beyond the “apps-only” mode we saw on Chromecast with Google TV too.”
This new “Basic TV” option appears at setup for television sets running on Google TV, not set-top boxes. It allows users to disable:
- Content Recommendations
- Google Assistant
- Live TV
- External Inputs, like HDMI
In other words, Google is giving users the option to return to a simpler time.
Here’s the link to the original article.