Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Android TV 13 will upgrade the picture-in-picture mode

Android TV powers many different smart TVs, cable boxes, and some of the best streaming devices, and on some devices there’s a custom version called Google TV. Google has now shared more information about the next major update, Android TV 13.

Google had released an initial beta of Android TV 13 earlier this month, but it wasn’t clear what it was at the time actually new. Now, as part of the Google I/O event happening this week, we’ve got a better look at what’s in store for Android on TV. Most of the changes are new APIs and features for developers to use when creating apps, such as supporting more keyboard layouts and responding to HDMI input changes (for example, Netflix and Google TV on Chromecast may suspend you if you switch TV inputs program).

Just like Android on phones and tablets, some apps can move their video content to a floating window in the corner of the screen when you go home or switch to another app. Picture-in-picture mode on Android TV has been around for a while, but the Android 13 update will introduce more options. In the announcement, Google said, “Picture on TV supports extended mode to show more video from group calls, docked mode to avoid overlaying content on other apps, and maintain clear API to prevent overlays from hiding important content in the in a full-screen app.”

It’s unclear when Android TV 13 will roll out to TVs and streaming devices, but Android TV updates have historically been slow to roll out — usually because they’re relatively small (most features can be updated without an OS upgrade). Google released Android TV 12 back in November, but no TV or streaming devices have had the update yet. Even the company’s own Chromecast with Google TV still runs Android TV 11.

Android 13 Beta is available for download on Google’s ADT-3 developer kit.

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