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Android 14 for TV: Update brings picture-in-picture and energy saving mode

Android 14 TV should also improve boot times and overall performance, especially on low-memory devices.
Android 14 TV

Google I/O brings a new version of the Android TV OS based on Android 14. Just like the new Wear OS 5, which is also based on Android 14, the focus is on reduced power consumption. An interesting feature for users is support for picture-in-picture mode. This allows for a type of multitasking, with one app running full screen and another in a small window.

Google notes that PiP mode will be available on “qualified Android 14 TV models,” so it’s not clear whether all TVs and TV boxes will support the new mode. Also, you can’t use two media apps at the same time.

Android 14 for TV promises improved performance and boot times (by up to 4 seconds in some cases). The performance should also be increased on devices with low RAM. The new operating system version also reduces power consumption. In power saving mode, the network connection is interrupted when the TV is not in use. Increased Power mode keeps the network active and enables Google Home features.

The happy medium is called “Optimized Power Mode” – which allows only essential features to connect to the network while the TV is off, including Google Cast (over Wi-Fi) and Google Assistant. The new operating system version also adds new accessibility features such as color correction for users with color vision impairments.

The new operating system also includes improved text options for users with vision problems and easier navigation for users with motor disabilities. Google announced that Android TV OS has reached 220 million monthly active devices, up 47% year over year. Finally, Google is encouraging developers to begin transitioning their apps from the old Leanback UI toolkit to the new Compose for TV system.

Gemini AI

In the video you can see a presentation of Android 14 TV that shows further changes. For example, the new version uses Gemini AI to generate descriptions of movies and TV shows in the featured carousel on the home screen. The whole thing happens in the user’s native language and only if one doesn’t already exist. Google is also switching from APKs to app bundles, which can save around 20% storage space.


Achim Maier
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