Google has been working to make its TV experience faster, more responsive and less hassle for users. According to a post on its support forums on Monday, the company has been working to improve boot time, overall performance and the number of options for managing storage on both third-party TVs and the Chromecast with Google TV streaming puck.
The company says it has made the Google TV home screen load faster, reducing the amount of time it takes to choose what content to watch. Google says it has achieved the performance gains “through CPU optimizations and cache management improvements” and has begun rolling out to third-party devices and “coming soon” for Chromecasts.
According to the post, users should see faster performance in several areas — when loading the Live tab, scrolling through the home screen, or using a child profile. Some of these improvements, the company says, are due to the fact that Google TV itself uses less RAM, leaving more for apps, especially when switching between different screens.
The company is also responding to complaints that have surfaced about how storage limitations can make it difficult to install apps for Google TV, especially on devices like the Chromecast, which only has 5GB of usable space, according to android police. Google says it added a menu in Settings > System > Storage which allows you to free up space by clearing the device’s cache and uninstalling apps, which have been rolled out to the Chromecast and will be coming to smart TVs soon. It also says there is an “automated process running in the background” to free up space for apps.
With recent reports of Google looking to integrate wearables and free channels into Google TV, it looks like the company is gearing up to push users toward its big screen experience. If that’s the plan, then it makes sense that it’s now trying to improve the base. However, as people need more and more apps to keep up with the growing number of streaming services, it may be time for hardware manufacturers (including Google) to consider upgrading the amount of storage that comes with Google TV devices. While software tricks can help reduce the number of low storage error messages, there really is no substitute for just more space.