No more guessing if a game actually supports Android TV
There’s nothing worse than finding a new app or game on the Play Store, only to find that it doesn’t work well with all of your devices. Google is rolling out a change to app listings that should make it easier to determine if it’s compatible with your phone, watch, or smart TV, all displayed in one helpful section.
If you head to the “About this app” section on any Play Store listing, you’ll find a new hidden subtitle at the very bottom of the page, as 9to5Google spotted. “Compatibility for your active devices” doesn’t show anything that wasn’t public information before, but it brings all your gadgets together in one place. That way, if you find a game that you think would be perfect for Android TV, you don’t have to wonder for long if it will actually work on a Chromecast.
Some of the information here is repeated by the “Application Info” section just above, including version numbers, download size, and operating system requirements. It’s possible that Google will eventually minimize the “Compatibility” section, or even add it to a single line in the “App Info” tab. However, keeping it as a separate panel allows for variations between app versions.
This section is supposed to show information about any device that has been actively used in the past 30 days, but it should be noted that I can’t seem to get it to work properly. On several phones – all of which I’ve been actively using this month – this section of the Play Store only showed the phone I was holding. My Pixel 6, for example, didn’t show the Pixel 4a 5G linked to my account, nor the TCL 6-Series TV I just reviewed.
That said, your mileage may vary. This missing information may be some sort of issue affecting my personal account – after all, other users seem to have the feature working as expected. It’s also missing entirely on another device I checked, so it looks like it might be a slow server-side rollout from Google.