Google has officially announced the release of the new version of Android TV adapted with the novelties of Android 10. The firm takes this opportunity to launch a new development kit.
Android 10 is the new major Android version that Google announced in September 2019 for smartphones and tablets. The deployment of the latter is very progressive, even if more and more smartphones are concerned.
Google must also offer this update for other types of Android devices, including TVs and Android TV boxes. This is now done, since Google announces bringing the new Android API level 29 (Android 10) for Android TV and the various security and performance improvements made by Android 10.
These include encrypted storage by default, use of the TLS 1.3 standard, and deeper integration of Project Treble.
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Google also takes the opportunity to launch a new development kit for Android TV. We can notice that the remote control adopts the same style as that of the OnePlus TV or the most recent Nvidia Shield TV 2019.
This development kit should allow developers from Google to verify that their Android TV applications work perfectly under Android 10.
It incorporates a 4-core ARM A53 chip and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, which allows it to display a 4K stream at 60 frames per second with its HDMI 2.1 port. This development kit will be available in the coming months through a partner manufacturer that Google does not name.
We will see who will be the TV or box manufacturers who will deploy this update on their devices, and when.
This new update is only a transition pending the arrival of Android 11 R next year. Google has already teased the next generation of Android TV at a conference in September. On the occasion of the International Broadcasting Convention. This will bring Stadia compatibility to the system.