Google has today announced that Android API level 29 (Android 10) is coming to Android TV devices. As a result, Android TV devices will benefit from the recent performance and security enhancements that were introduced with the latest version of Android. In addition, Google has announced the availability of the ADT-3, a developer-oriented Android TV device that developers can test their software on before rolling it out.
With regards to the new enhancements that this update brings, Google said that users will benefit from faster updates through Project Treble and more secure storage thanks to user data being encrypted. On the security front, Android 10 now ships with TLS 1.3 enabled by default and includes hardening for security-critical areas of the platform.
The ADT-3 comes with a quad-core Cortex A53 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and 4Kp60 HDR HDMI 2.1 output. Google said that this pre-certified device will receive timely updates and security patches in order to help developers design applications for the most cutting edge software available. By using the ADT-3, developers will be able to ensure everything works properly on physical hardware, rather than having to rely on an Android TV virtual machine which could suffer performance issues.
If you’re a developer and interested in picking up the ADT-3, they’re going on sale in the coming months online through an unnamed OEM partner.