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Google TV and Android TV get the first beta of Android 13

Google TV and Android TV get the first beta of Android 13

Google has released the first beta version of the Android TV 13 operating system for smart TVs. The first beta of Android 13 for TV gives us a sneak peek at the upcoming release of the Android TV platform.

So far, we’ve learned a lot of details about Android 13 through developer previews and beta releases. However, these details were mostly about smartphones and tablets. No information has been previously revealed about what the upcoming version of Android will bring to TVs and streaming devices. Google will host its I/O 2022 event on May 11-12 and more details are expected to be revealed at the event.

Android TV 13 Changes and Upgrades

According to a report by XDA Developers,

Android TV 13 doesn’t look much different from Android TV 12, considering the minimal visual changes. The report also adds that the first beta also does not include features such as – expanded PiP mode and Fast Pair support, which was previously expected to be added to Android TV 13. However, Google mentioned, more customizations in Android to improve the experience and compatibility on the TV screen, It will be introduced with each release.

Previously, the tech giant was rumored to be developing a new low-power standby mode that could disable wake-up lock and restrict internet access for idle apps.

To save power for Android TV 13. The report claims that it is not clear if this change was included in the first beta.

How to install the latest beta version of Android TV 13

Google has now made the first beta of Android TV 13 available. This new beta version of Android TV 13 will allow developers and power users to experience the new Smart TV interface. However, users will not be able to install the latest beta on their existing Android TV/Google TV without a specific developer device. The only option to experience Android 13 TV on a physical device is to use ADT-3. ADT-3 is an Android TV dongle designed for developers.

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Moreover, Android Emulator for TV can also be used within Android Studio to get the latest OS for Smart TV. Users can manually download and flash the Android 13 system image to their test device if they own an ADT-3 developer device.