Because Google would really like you to use their search app – or maybe because of a totally unrelated and unspecified reason which we will probably never know – the mothership has chosen not to bundle a search function with Android TV’s interface. That function belongs to a separate Google app that is now up for downloading via the Google Play Store – even if most of us don’t have an Android TV device yet.
It’s called the “Google app for Android TV” – no mystery there, pretty straightforward. Google intends for you to make the app your primary interface when you’re searching for something on your Android TV device, or the cloud for that matter.
Google Search will allow you to look for movies and TV shows that you can watch on your Android TV, provided that you have one right now. Of course, it also comes with a bevy of other cloud-based information, like the weather, sports scores, and other stuff that you google for.
If you’ve already received your Nexus Player shipment – we doubt that – or you are one of the special ones who own an ADT-1 device, then you can download this via the Play Store. If not, you can just checkout the URL when you click on the source link below, so you can appreciate the special codename Google has for this app. *wink*