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Your TV is about to get a lot more helpful. Google has confirmed that Google Assistant – its personal helper in the mould of Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana – is coming to its Android TV platform later this year.

That means you'll be able to ask your TV questions and have it fetch information for you, like news headlines and the weather, as well as songs to listen to and TV programmes to watch.

The helper will have a brand-new launcher, so it might look different to how it currently does on your smartphone.

There's no word on when Assistant will land on Android TVs, apart from later this year. We're expecting a summer rollout.

Android TV is Google's smart TV platform. It replaces Google TV, which failed to take off.

Google also announced that there over 3,000 Android TV apps in the Play Store, and that over 1 million new Android TVs come online every two months.

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