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Google releases Android 11 for Android TV with performance and privacy improvements

Just a couple of weeks after Google released Android 11 for smartphones, the company has announced the release of Android 11 for Android TV. The latest release of Android TV will bring performance and privacy improvements along with some usability improvements. To improve performance, Android 11 for Android TV will automatically kill apps using a new killing strategy to free up RAM and ensure performance is not affected. For improving privacy, Android TV is now also gaining support for one-time permissions similar to Android 11 on phones.

Some of the big-screen related changes that Google has made in Android 11 include support for Auto Low Latency mode, low latency media decoding, and improvements to HDMI CEC's HAL (Hardware Abstract Layer). Other notable improvements and changes include gamepad support, silent boot mode for system updates, and the ability to allow OEMs to design custom wake keys, manage system LEDs on devices, and more.

Google is also making it easier for developers to test their Android TV apps on live devices with test harness mode. The company says that Android TV OEM partners will start upgrading existing TVs to Android 11 in the coming months, with new TVs running Android 11 out of the box launching soon as well. The update is going to be available for ADT-3 devices starting today itself.

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