Android 13 for TV is here with improved accessibility

Google is quietly starting to roll out the final version of Android TV 12 for developers

Google has released the next generation of Android 13 for TV after rolling out the beta version in May. The new version of the smart TV operating system brings some performance and accessibility improvements and most of these changes work in the background. Check out the details below.

Android TV 13: What’s new?

Android TV 13 gets the ability for that users to change the default refresh rate and resolution to compatible HDMI source devices for an enhanced visual experience.

It also introduces new APIs for developers to give users an improved TV experience. There’s the new AudioManager API, which allows supported apps to track the audio characteristic of the connected audio device and set the optimal format before starting playback.

Android 13 for TV introduced

The InputDevice API allows for different keyboard layouts. In addition, there are some new accessibility features, such as updated user controls for accessing the Assistant microphone, and new audio description preferences in apps. HDMI source devices have been improved to save power when the HDMI status changes. In addition, there are new languages ​​for HDMI source devices.

Additional Android TV 13 details include Tuner HAL 2.0 with performance optimizations, dual tuner and ISDB-T Multi-Layer support.

Android 13 for TV is now available for both ADT-3 and the Android TV emulator, and if you’re interested, you can download the update here. It is expected to reach more Android TV/Google TV devices soon. As a reminder, Android TV 12 started rolling out last year. We’ll keep you posted on the details, so stay tuned.