Google I / O 2022: Improved picture-in-picture mode, new features on Android TV when more than 110 million users

Android TV has more than 110 million monthly active users (MAU), Google said at its annual developer conference on Thursday. The company announced several new features and tools in the next version of Google TV and Android TV aimed at improving accessibility, enabling multitasking, while improving performance and quality. Google hasn’t yet announced the release date for Android TV 13, but the company recently provided access to a second Android 13 beta for Android TV ahead of Google I / O 2022.

According to a post on the Android Developers blog, Android TV and Google TV are currently available on more than 300 partner devices around the world. It accounts for 7 out of 10 smart TV OEMs and over 170 “pay TV” (or subscription TV) operators. According to the company, Android TV OS currently has over 110 million MAUs and offers over 10,000 apps. Google also encourages developers to integrate platform features such as the WatchNext API (application programming interface) into their apps.

New enhanced picture-in-picture mode is available in the Android 13 update for Android TV
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As part of the Android 13 update for Android TV, developers can use AudioManager to “predict” audio routes and better understand the available playback modes. The company is also bringing multitasking improvements in the form of an updated Picture-in-Picture (PiP) API that uses the same API as Android smartphones. Google was the first to introduce official support for PiP mode on Android 8. The newly updated PiP mode gives users access to enhanced mode to view more video from group calls.

Android TV also gets support for docking mode, preventing PiP windows from covering the content of other apps by placing them individually on the edge of the display. The “keep-clear” API, on the other hand, allows developers to specify important parts of a full-screen app that shouldn’t be covered by the PiP window. In terms of accessibility, the OS will add support for a variety of keyboard layouts, including QWERTZ and AZERTY, allowing users to enable voice guidance between apps.

In future Android 13 updates, users can expect to see user and child profiles and use personalized recommendations for each viewer. The update will also support using your smartphone as a remote control for Google TV to move and adjust volume, type using your smartphone’s keyboard, and enable the Google Assistant. Users can also seamlessly cast content to Google TV, a feature supported by Android TV, via Chromecast. Google I / O 2022: Improved picture-in-picture mode, new features on Android TV when more than 110 million users

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