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Android 13 for TV is yet another small update

05 Dec 2022 | Rasmus Larsen |

Google has released Android 13 for TV but it will take some time before it reaches any of your Android TV or Google TV devices, and there are not many new features either.

- "Today we’re releasing the newest version of Android TV OS, Android 13 for TV! This latest release brings further improvements in performance and accessibility to help our developers build engaging apps for the next generation of TVs," said Wolfram Klein, Product Manager, Android TV OS.

Google has provided the highlights below of what's new in Android 13 for TV.

Another change that was not mentioned is that as of Android 13 Google wants partners to ship new Android TV and Google TV devices with increased storage capacity of 16GB or higher to help address the storage capacity issues that continues to plague Android TV devices.

Android TV 13 follows Android 12 TV that was released in December 2021 and reached Chromecast with Google TV about one year later in October 2022.

 Also read: First look: Chromecast and Android 12's frame rate matching is a work in progress

We do therefore not expect Android 13 to reach any TV devices until the second half of 2023 at the earliest.

Android 13 for TV – new features

Media & Power
  • Anticipatory audio route lets apps identify the routed device and supported formats before creating an AudioTrack
  • User controls for preferred resolution and refresh rate on supported HDMI source devices
  • Power management improvements for low powered standby
  • Input Control & Accessibility
  • Hardware mute switch states are reflected in the system privacy controls
  • Updated user controls for Assistant microphone access on the remote
  • Global preferences for enabling audio descriptions across apps
  • New Keyboard Layouts API allows selection of different language layouts for external keyboards
  • HDMI & Tuner
  • Better handling of HDMI state changes on HDMI source devices
  • Improved language selection for HDMI source devices
  • Tuner HAL 2.0 with performance optimizations, twin tuner and ISDB-T Multi-Layer support
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