Android 14 is finally heading to Android TV OS

Android 14 is finally heading to Android TV OS
Android 14 is finally heading to Android TV OS

After what has seemed like an eternity on Android 12, Google announced today at its developer conference Google I/O in California that the code base that powers about 220 million devices per month will be updated to Android 14.

The nomenclature gets a little strange since we’re talking about Android TV and Google TV, both of which run on a bunch of devices that may or may not be televisions. But the bottom line is that at some point in the relatively near future, your device Android TV Favorite should run a version that is less than three years old.

Also complicating matters further is that Android version is nothing more than a number, and there are all sorts of other things that go into ensuring that the operating system you’re using is relatively fresh and secure. Take for example the new streaming device Onn 4K Pro, which just replaced Chromecast with Google TV on our list of the best streaming hardware. It runs Android 12, but also has the March security update. So it’s not like you’re using software that’s three years old.

All that being said, you’ll have a number of things to look forward to. In addition to the usual performance improvements, Google also says to expect new power modes to help reduce power consumption in standby mode. There will also be new accessibility features for color correction and improved text options, as well as better navigation. And perhaps most importantly for everyone will be better multitasking thanks to an improved picture-in-picture mode.

What’s new on Google TV and the Android TV OS

Again, this news comes from a developer conference, and some of it is geared toward the platform itself, Android TV, and some of it is new tools for developers to implement in their apps.

But all of that will eventually mean a better end-user experience for the eyes watching things.

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