Google has launched a preview of Android 14 on tv to give an idea of what to expect from the upcoming OS update. The rollout coincides with the release of Android 14 Beta 3 for Pixel smartphones. It should be noted that the company has not provided much information about this upcoming release at Google I/O 2023.
You can download and run the Android TV 14 beta on an emulator of the preview using Android Studio. Google used to offer a build that could be installed on their ADT-3 boxes, but it has not yet been released on the Android Developers website.
It is noteworthy that you cannot install the Android TV 14 preview on a Chromecast device.
Google still hasn’t released it Android 13 TV
Recently, Google updated the Chromecast with Google TV at 4K resolution. However, the device is still running Android 12 and it seems that Google has decided not to release an Android 13 based update for Android TV or Google TV devices.
This appears to be a case of a code change in the Android 14 beta that Google may have removed from Android 13 for televisions. As a result, Android Studio will hide the emulator for this version in a non-recommended menu.
Android TV 14 also brings new accessibility options, power modes, and a redesigned PackageInstaller app. The “format selection” option allows conversion to different display formats and there are new color correction settings.
Call notifications from supported apps can be enabled and there are shortcuts for favorite apps and inputs. The Google TV launcher may include a ‘Headphones’ option for a fast Bluetooth connection.
The beta version of Android 13 TV mainly contained technical improvements such as new APIs and better accessibility options. Meanwhile, Android TV version 14 is expected to bring significant changes and features.
It is expected that Google and its partners will immediately make the update available to their users once it is released to the public.
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