Android 13 for TV announced — Check out the new features

Google has announced Android 13 for TV, the newest version of its Android TV operating system. This new release includes more performance and accessibility upgrades to help our developers create interesting apps for the next generation of televisions. Here’s what’s new in Android 13 for TV.

Media & Performance and Quality

Android 13 adds new APIs for the big screen to help developers make apps that work well on all kinds of devices.

  • Apps can use anticipatory audio routing to figure out the routed device and supported formats before making an AudioTrack.
  • On HDMI source devices that support user controls for preferred resolution and refresh rate,
  • Enhancements to power management for low-powered standby
Accessibility and Input Controls
  • The system privacy controls reflect the states of hardware mute switches.
    On the remote, user controls for assistant microphone access have been updated.
  • Global audio description preferences for all apps
  • The new Keyboard Layouts API lets you choose between different language layouts for external keyboards.
HDMI & Tuner
  • Improved handling of HDMI source device state changes
  • Language selection for HDMI source devices has been improved.
  • HAL 2.0 tuner with performance enhancements, a twin tuner, and ISDB-T multi-layer support.
  • This framework provides a framework for interactive TV use cases as an extension of TIF.

The new version is now available for both ADT-3 and the Android TV emulator, and developers could test on either the Google TV or regular Android TV interface. Visit the Android TV OS developer site for more Android 13 TV features.

Google thanks developers for supporting the Android TV OS. And they also said they couldn’t wait to see what unique experiences you design for the big screen.

Introducing Android 13, Google shared in a blog post that

Android 13 adds further customizations to improve the user experience and increase compatibility with TV devices. Some of the highlights for this release include performance and quality improvements, and continued advancements to how users interact with Android TV.