MrCanada1968 wrote: ↑08 Sep 2020, 16:13
You mentioned a couple of times in your review that Android 11 for TV has already been released but don’t mention a date.
I was under the impression that today (Sept. 8th) was the Final release of Android TV 11.
I also had heard that Sony needed to wait for Android TV 11 in order to upgrade their firmware with all of the HDMI 2.1 enhancements. Apparently HDMI ports 3 and 4 will be HDMI 2.1 as those ports have different hardware and are just awaiting this firmware/software upgrade.
Hi there! Android 11 for TVs was released in public preview
for developers in June 2020. However, TV makers and SoC makers like Sony, MediaTek etc. have had access to the beta releases for far longer than that. The development circle to implement a new major Android TV version seems to be several years at this point. I'm not sure what is taking them so long, but surely having so many different models on various chipsets is no help.
I don't think HDMI 2.1 roll-out will have much to do with Android 11. The HDMI chipset is completely separate from the Android SoC (MediaTek in Sony's case). I think the source of that speculation comes from Google saying that Android 11 will support ALLM (ALLM - Auto Low Latency Mode) natively, meaning the ability to switch into Game mode automatically when a game is detected (and out of Game afterwards).
But as you may know several Android TVs (running Android 9) already support ALLM over HDMI, including Philips TVs. Google refers to ALLM for internal use, meaning apps/games.