As of May 24, Google is rolling out some substantial design changes to its Google Play Movies & TV app for Roku devices. That's according to a new The Keyword blog post published yesterday by the search giant. The rollout is expected to take just a few days from that announcement but before anybody starts getting too excited, it seems the update won't change much under the hood. Instead, it appears to be intended to bring the overall design more in line with recent changes to other versions of the app. That means it should make navigation much easier since the whole point is to put the focus of the application back on the content itself.
For starters, a new navigation bar has been included on the left side of the screen. That's where users will find icons for search, the home page, library, and sorting by genres. It's also where users will find the icon for brand new dedicated TV page. The new section has been added to make sorting between TV shows and movies a much more simplified task than the previous iteration of the app. More directly, it shows nothing but TV shows, including a TV guide which shows daily airing times and a new "Watch Next" row which highlights available episodes of a series or show. The new navigation bar, meanwhile, is a small change with big implications. Basically, it will make navigating between the Roku app's various pages easier since users won't need to scroll all the way back to the top of any given page. The genre browsing section is also new and is a page dedicated to providing more in-depth recommendations filtered by whichever genre a user happens to be in the mood for.
As mentioned above, the rest of the app will perform exactly as it always has. That means it will still be linked to the user's Google account or family account - giving users access to shows bought or rented on Roku across all of their compatible devices. The update should arrive over the next few days for all users so nobody should get too concerned if the new Google Play Movies & TV app hasn't arrived just yet.