Google releases Android 13 Beta 1 for Android TV and Google TV

Google releases Android 13 Beta 1 for Android TV and Google TV

Thanks to developer previews and betas, we already know a lot about Android 13. However, most of the changes we’ve documented so far are for smartphones and tablets. News about what the next version of Andriod will bring to TVs and streaming devices has remained scarce. But that’s changing now that Google has released the Android 13 beta for TV, giving us our first look at the next version of the Android TV platform.

The first beta version of Android 13 TV is now available, allowing developers and power users to preview the new Smart TV interface. However, you cannot just install the latest beta on your existing Android TV/Google TV device. To try out Android 13 TV on a physical device, your only option is the ADT-3, an Android TV dongle for developers. Alternatively, you can use the Android Emulator for TV in Android Studio, the easiest way to get your hands on the new software.

As for the visual changes, the Android 13 TV does not look drastically different from the Android 12 TV. As noted by Mishaal Rahman, the first beta version does not include previously discovered features such as the Extended picture-in-picture and Fast Pair support. Google notes that “additional customizations in Android to improve the TV experience and compatibility will be introduced with each release.”

Android 13 for TV was also shown to run on a new “low-power sleep” mode that could disable wakelocks and cut off network access to apps to save power. However, it’s not immediately clear if this change is in effect in the first beta.

If you have an ADT-3 development device, you can download the Android 13 system image and manually flash it to your test device.


Source: Android Developers

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