The first beta version for Android TV 13 was surreptitiously released earlier this month, and now Google is using I/O to provide a few further information.

Google is giving more specific information about what’s new in Android TV 13 as part of its I/O developer sessions program, which launches today. Three important areas of focus are performance, accessibility, and multitasking.

Google claims that new APIs will improve app performance when used with real TV hardware. Apps will be able to more accurately predict where audio is going and what playback options are available thanks to the AudioManager API. The MediaSession API makes it easier for Android TV and its apps to respond to HDMI state changes so that entertainment can be paused or power is conserved.

In terms of accessibility, Android TV 13 expands the InputDevice API’s keyboard layouts. This improves the compatibility of physical keyboards with Android TV apps, which should be especially useful for game makers. Additionally, according to Google, a new system-wide setting makes audio explanations available in all apps.

The most interesting feature of Android TV 13 is its expansion of picture-in-picture capabilities. Although the OS has long supported PiP, Android 13’s revised API will enable much greater compatibility. For example, video calling apps will be able to adjust the PiP window’s size to accommodate more users. Additionally, a Keep-Clear API makes sure that the PiP window never covers the most significant on-screen information.

The ADT-3 development device will be the only place to get the Android TV 13 previews, as usual. When, if ever, the update will be made available for Chromecast with Google TV is unknown. Later this year, the update is most likely to be made stable.

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