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Recommending TV Content

The Android TV home screen displays recommendations two different ways depending on which version of Android is running:

Ensuring Compatibility

To be able to show recommendations on all versions of Android TV, your app should implement both recommendation APIs. Test the current system API level and use the appropriate API to build the recommendation row or channels

if (android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.O) {
  // Use the home screen recommendation channels API
else {
  // Use the recommendations row API

If your app was compiled using API level 25 or earlier, it can still run on Android TV in level 26. The old recommendations behavior is forward-compatible, but constrained:

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