Netflix On Android TV Gaining Universal Search Compatibility

Android TV is one of those platforms which although is slow in doing so, does see a number of improvements coming through over time. As a result, Android TV is now significantly better and more feature-rich than it ever has been and certainly more than at the point of launch. However, there has been many noticeable (and largely unexplained) features which continued to be missing from the platform. In particular, one feature which is directly relevant to the Android TV Netflix app.

It is likely to be the case that many Android TV users make use of Netflix as one of their main video content streaming service providers. After all, Netflix is one of the largest streaming companies around and generally speaking, the app is one of the best adapted apps to work with the Android TV platform. However, in spite of its popularity and general Android TV compatibility, the Netflix app has remained unable to make use of Android TV’s universal search feature. Which largely means finding Netflix content meant entering the app and searching through the actual app. Instead of being able to fire up the Google search functionality from the homescreen and find Netflix content easier, quicker and without having to open the app.

That now seems to be changing though as the Android Team has announced this morning via social media that universal search has arrived for Netflix on Android TV. As this was confirmed by social media, at the moment the details are a little limited and it is currently unclear whether this is rolling out as an update to the Netflix app or otherwise. Not to mention, it is unclear whether users should expect to be able to use the feature today, later in the week or when. However, it does seem to be the case that universal search for Netflix on Android TV is finally coming. Which will be to the relief or many Android TV device owners who have been asking for this feature to be included for quite some time. Either way, if you do own an Android TV device, you should expect to see the universal search compatibility for Netflix arriving soon enough.

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