Android TV Gains Instant Apps, PIN Code-Based Purchases & Gboard Improvements


INTRO: Google may be gearing up to roll out the stable Android 11 update in the coming weeks but it’s not only the company’s mobile platform that’s getting all the love. Android TV 11 beta was announced earlier this year with plenty of performance improvements. And today, the corporate is bulking up the Android TV feature set with support for fast Apps, Gboard TV, and more. These features won’t only be accessible on Android TV 11 but also will find their thanks to older versions of Android TV also .

New Android TV Features

Google Play Instant Apps

Remember Instant Apps? Google first unveiled this feature back in 2016, enabling app developers to permit users a try their apps or lets them access a said feature without installing the entire app. I haven’t seen tons of apps adopt this feature but Google is now bringing Instant Apps to Android TV. Developers can now let users try certain parts of their app experience on an enormous screen also.

Google Play Store Showcases Android Instant Apps with "Try Now" Button

PIN Code Purchases

Google is making it simpler for you to finish purchases made via the Play Store on Android TVs. You will now be ready to enter a four-digit PIN code to authorize app purchases rather than typing in your password. Typing long passwords employing a remote is simply cumbersome. This will speed up the method as you merely got to enter four characters rather than , say 21, like my lengthy password.

Android TV Pin code

Gboard TV

An important and much-needed change is the new Gboard for Android TV. You will not need to spend time rushing from one fringe of the screen to a different using arrow keys. An update to Gboard to brings the new QWERTY layout, voice-to-text input, and predictive suggestions – almost like what we see on Android.

Android TV Emulator Update

Putting an end to the misery of developers, who needed to use a true device (a massive smart TV during this case) to check the acquisition flow or other UX elements, the Television emulator will now ship with Google Play support.

Google also introduces improvements to the leanback library, offering simpler top tab navigation, paging through media titles, and a shared codebase for mobile and television. It’s getting to make the developer’s life an entire lot easier. The update also includes an auto low-latency mode, which kicks in when games go fullscreen and disable the on-device processing.

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