Google officially announces Android 11 for Android TV

Joanna Estrada
September 23, 2020

After all, Android TV hasn't exactly set the world on fire.

For those who purchased an ADT-3 developers Android TV device earlier this year you will see a roll out of Android 11 from today. There are some features that are exclusive to the large screen. Several performance enhancements and privacy improvements will be part of the new Android update, as well as a plethora of new features specifically designed for the TV. According to Google, it will partner with multiple OEMs and Android 11 on TV will be available in a few months.

Android 11 for Android TV introduces an Auto Low Latency Mode, low latency media decoding, as well as a new Tuner Framework with updated Media CAS support and extensions to the HAL implementation of HDMI CEC.

As for what's inside, the team highlights a few goodies, such as extended gamepad support, an improved system update experience, plus greater controls over actual TV hardware functions created to help developers make better apps. Furthermore, this system will support gamepads, a feature that will be important for Stadia on the TV.

Other less cool features include a silent boot mode for system updates, inactivity prompts and OEM configurable wake keys.

Any day now, Google is expected to announce the latest model in its low-priced Chromecast lineup, called Chromecast with Google TV, that will finally provide Android TV's interface and capabilities, along with a hardware remote, to mainstream audiences.

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