The 1st beta of Android TV 13 is available, but does not bring anything new

The 1st beta of Android TV 13 is available, but does not bring anything new

Google has released the Android TV 13 beta, but there aren’t many changes from version 12 (yet). However, the improved picture-in-picture mode, a more efficient sleep mode as well as the support for Fast Pair should make their arrival.

Android TV 13 // Source: Google

As the Google I/O kicks off tomorrow, the Android TV 13 beta has been released by Google. If for the moment the novelties are discreet, a more efficient standby mode as well as a better function picture-in-picture (PiP) or support for Fast Pair should appear.

If for a few months we have been learning more and more about the new features of Android 13, until now these have been dedicated to smartphones and tablets. Remember, however, that the name “Android TV” is supposed to give way to “Google TV” this year.

Google releases Android TV 13 beta

Android TV 13 Beta 1 was released by Google on May 4th. Enough to allow developers to test it via a development kit called ADT-3 or via the Android emulator for television. The opportunity also for Google to have feedback on this first version from the developers in order to improve the experience and the compatibility of applications on televisions.

The 1st beta of Android TV 13 is available, but does not bring anything new
Android TV 13 settings // Source: XDA Developers

Few changes compared to Android TV 12

If this beta has been published, the changes compared to the previous version of Android TV are not seen as noted by journalist Mishaal Rahman. No new functionality that had been unveiled until then appears there: there is no mode picture-in-picture more advanced, nor the support of the Fast Pair or even an improved sleep mode.

Got the Android 13 Beta flashed onto my ADT-3. Time to take it for a spin to see what’s new!

— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) May 6, 2022

What’s new in Android TV 13

Several changes have already been announced for the arrival of Android TV 13. First of all we find the arrival of Fast Pair, the pairing protocol for Bluetooth headsets and headphones. It allows you to connect a Bluetooth audio device to your TV more quickly without navigating through the interface. In early January at CES in Las Vegas, Google announced the arrival of the Fast Pair on Android TVs.

The 1st beta of Android TV 13 is available, but does not bring anything new
The Android TV 13 home screen // Source: XDA Developers

Last month, Esper announced improved Android TV sleep mode; the latter would now be able to block access to the network of applications in the background to reduce power consumption. The blog also talked about a function picture-in-picture revisited: it now allows you to keep a video in the foreground while browsing the interface. With Android 13, developers could choose the format of this window.

This week will take place the Google I / O, during which we should learn more about the future of Android TV. Perhaps there will be mentioned some of the new features expected in this version.

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