As in some cell phone references such as Google, samsung Y OnePlus, Android 13 it will be coming to televisions that run this operating system.
The changes are mainly geared towards developers, however, there are some changes that will benefit users, especially when it comes to the viewing experience.
This version has already finished its test phases, so its arrival will be made gradually on smart TVs, since this type of update usually takes time to arrive, as happened with Chromecast which last October received Android 12 after several months of waiting since 2021.
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This update has a strong developer focus and Google He makes this clear when announcing its availability, stating that he hopes that with this version it will be possible to “create attractive applications for the next generation of televisions.”
In the future it will translate into benefits for users. Although for the moment there will also be changes for viewers.
Initially, Android 13 It will allow you to change the default refresh rate and resolution on compatible HDMI devices, such as streaming devices, which will optimize the playback experience.
The enhancement will be available to benefit devices like Chromecast and others with HDMI source to save power and pause content depending on HDMI status changes.
Additionally, new APIs were added, which is a software that allows developers to integrate two applications which is reflected in better operation and performance such as “anticipate support for audio attributes for the active audio device and select the optimal format without starting playback.”
An important section in this set of new functions is accessibility, where there are two specific changes:
– API InputDevice. Now it supports different keyboard layouts. Game developers can also refer to keys by their physical location to support different physical keyboard layouts.
– A newly created Audio Descriptions API in Accessibility Manager. This allows the app to query the new system-wide audio description preference setting, which helps developers provide audio descriptions according to a user’s preferences automatically.
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When each manufacturer authorizes the update to the new version, in some cases it will be done automatically on each device, but the process can be verified and done manually.
For this, you must go to Settings on the television, then look for the device Preferences option, go to Information where the Update software box will appear. Clicking will open another window with three options to put the new version:
-Automatic update: so that the process is always done when the brand authorizes it.
-Local update: for the user to use an external memory where the new installation software is located, which was previously downloaded from the web.
Local update: for the user to use an external memory where the new installation software is located, which was previously downloaded from the web.
android tv it has an internal storage problem and for that, Google has a solution ready that will allow users of this operating system to install more applications.
The reason why the system has this limitation is because the customization layer, GoogleTV, takes up much of the memory in Chromecast and therefore the user quickly runs out of space, which can be annoying for many.
This can sometimes limit the storage to between six or ten apps, so the company intends to make the AAB (Android App Bundles) format mandatory. This is a type of file that applications come in to download and install.
The change of file type will allow a 20% reduction in the size of the apps, something that would optimize the storage of the device.
The idea of Google It is that this transition, from APK to AAB, will be complete in May of next year, since developers need time to migrate their applications and adapt them to this obligation, which will be helpful for users of this operating system for televisions.