Android 11 for Android TVs is unveiled finally just a few weeks after Android 11 revealed for Android Smartphones. In a blog, post features of a new version of Android were depicted. The new update brings many of the benefits that come with the core Android update to the TV.
Android 11 for Android TVs brings performance improvements, like enhanced memory management, and privacy features, like one-time permissions, are introduced to make sure TV devices work quickly and securely.
Android 11 for Android TVs emphasizes media by bringing support for Auto Low Latency Mode, and low latency media decoding, along with a new Tuner Framework with updated Media CAS support and extensions to the HAL implementation of HDMI CEC. Auto Low Latency mode is used for games and video conferencing apps where the aim is to provide low latency that can be achieved by switching off or minimized post-processing.
Google has also provided support for the Nintendo Switch Pro controller and Steam controller to the latest android version. It also features a silent boot mode for system updates. The inattentive sleep feature is very useful as it allows the user to set the inactivity timeout after which the device goes to sleep. There is also support for scoped storage that limits app access to external storage.
Android 11 allows greater control over the TV functions. New framework functionality for managing System LEDs and physical microphone mute buttons also facilitate integrations for far-field microphone enabled devices. Google also brings test harness mode on Android TV and Play Store support in the Android TV Emulator to help you seamlessly inspect your apps as you develop.
Android 11 for Android TVs will be available as a system update to ADT-3 devices starting from today. Android TV OEM partners will be launching and upgrading devices to Android 11 over the coming months. To help you test your Android TV app implementations for the next generation of devices.