Google has started rolling out Android 11 for TV even though for now it supports is limited.
Just like Android 11 for mobile devices is already out, but also limited only to those that own priority devices to some OEMs.
Android 11 for TVs doesn’t include the new features released on the mobile OS. It features new customized features just for TVs. Major highlights here include performance and privacy improvements.
The rest are purely customized for TV and updated developer tools. Among the features modified for performance improvement include the new enhanced memory management.
Privacy features include one-time permissions, which you already know it landed on Android 11 this month.
Media playback has also been greatly improved in Android 11, with added support for Auto Low Latency Mode, and low latency media decoding.
Android 11 also brings extended gamepad support, silent boot mode for system updates, inactivity prompts, and OEM configurable wake keys.
Plus, it also brings some other behind-the-scenes changes like the new Tuner Framework, that’ll be used by OEMs to deliver A/V content for both low-end and high-end SoCs in a secure manner.
The Media conditional access systems (Media CAS) has also been updated, same to extensions to the HAL implementation of HDMI CEC to minimize compatibility issues between connected devices.
So when is Android 11 coming on your Android TV or Android TV Box?
Probably not soon, unless you own the ADT-3 Developer Kit (around KES 8,000). But keep in mind, this media streaming player is meant to let developers create and test their Android TV applications.
Mainstream Android TVs and streaming devices will receive the new update in the coming months, according to Google