By Jay Bonggolto published 14 days ago
Picture-in-picture mode on smart TVs will also be improved with Android 13 for TV.
Google TV interface (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)
What you need to know
- Google has unveiled a bunch of new updates coming to Google TV and Android TV.
- Later in 2022, the Google TV app will support casting content from Android phones to TVs.
- On smart TVs, picture-in-picture will display videos from a group call and prevent overlaying content from other apps with a new docked mode.
On the second day of Google I/O 2022(opens in new tab), the search giant announced a host of improvements for Google TV and Android TV(opens in new tab) with the goal of improving the operating system’s accessibility and multitasking support.
First off, Google will enable the Google TV app to cast movies and shows directly from Android phones to smart TVs. The Mountain View-based tech giant didn’t share more details about the new app feature, noting only that those will be revealed closer to launch. Google says the new capability will roll out in late 2022.
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Android 13(opens in new tab) is also set to usher in a bunch of new features and tools for developers to improve their apps’ accessibility and multitasking capabilities. On the multitasking front, Google is updating the picture-in-picture API to support an expanded mode that displays more videos from a group call.
There’s also a docked mode, which prevents overlays from concealing content when apps are in full-screen mode.
Google is also making Android 13 more accessible by including support for different keyboard layouts. As a result, different physical keyboard layouts, such as QWERTZ and AZERTY, will be supported. According to the company, this will make it easier for users to interact with their TV.
On top of the new feature announcements, Google also shared a few key metrics for Android TV’s growing presence in living rooms. The search giant revealed that Android TV is now available on more than 110 million monthly active devices, including millions of Google TVs.
The number of apps available on Android TV-powered devices is also growing, with Google stating that there are currently over 10,000 apps available, with more being added on a daily basis.
Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he’s not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.