The company has announced Android TV 11 - the latest version of its TV platform - with some handy new features for the big screen as well as notable improvements focusing on privacy and performance.
Let's take a look at everything.
The new Android TV platform will look similar to Android TV 10 but offer some foundational improvements specific to version 11.
This means that a number of capabilities that come with the mobile version of Android 11 will also be available on the TV-specific release - including enhanced memory management for smoother performance and one-time permissions for application data security.
Along with Android 11-specific functions, the new TV platform will also have some tailor-made capabilities for the big screen.
One of these is an auto-latency mode, which will let developers configure their games to automatically disable post-processing when running in full screen.
This will reduce the latency for that particular application, allowing it to run more smoothly.
Among other things, Android TV 11 will bring support for low latency media decoding, silent boot mode for system updates, inactivity prompts, OEM configurable wake keys, and extended support for Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and the Steam Controller.
The platform will also make testing of in-development apps easier on the big screen with test harness mode and Play Store support in Android TV Emulator.
Google says that its Android TV OEM partners will be launching products with Android TV 11 and upgrading existing ones to the new OS in the coming months.
For developers looking to test the OS and their apps on it, the company is releasing the platform as a system update to ADT-3 developer devices around the world.
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