24 October 2019
Google has announced new Android TV features specifically aimed at Indian users. These new features were revealed alongside the Motorola smart TV lineup launch yesterday. The main goal of these features is to help users save data while watching online content on their respective Android TV-powered smart TVs.
The first two features are Data Saver and Data Alerts which work exactly as suggested by their names. The first one will automatically adjust the video quality so that the data consumption is low as HD content can drain data pretty quickly. The second one is all about setting a data usage limit after which users will get an alert once the limit is reached. A user can choose 100MB, 500MB, and 1GB as the data limit for now.
Both of these are optional features and can be enabled/disabled from the settings with ease. It will be helpful for anyone who does not have an unlimited WiFi connection at their place. Such users are known to rely on their mobile hotspot connection for streaming online content. This is the reason Google has also added a Hotspot Guide feature that will help users connect their smart TV through a hotspot.
Lastly, Google Files app has been updated with Cast functionality. It means users can now watch their locally stored videos on the TV directly from the phone without any data consumption. This feature is currently in beta stage and is expected to become available for everyone in the coming weeks. All of the four features are currently getting rolled out on Xiaomi, TCL, and MarQ by Flipkart smart TVs in India. Google said it will expand them to more brands and around the world gradually.