Android TV controllers can vary, many controllers include the directional pad (D-pad), select, play/pause home, back and microphone buttons.
The primary navigation method on Android TV is through the directional pad (called a D-pad). This pad limits movement to up, down, left, and right directional hardware buttons. The D-pad transfers focus from one object to the nearest object in the direction of the button pressed.
D-Pad navigation is less intuitive than a touch screen, so testing is important to providing a good user experience:
- Can users easily navigate to all objects in each screen?
- Is movement between objects straightforward and predictable?