12 February 2021
About two weeks ago, Google made the stable Android 11 version available for Pixel devices followed by the release of Android 11 (Go edition) two days later. It has now announced Android 11 for Android TV. It is a platform that is meant for smart TVs powered by the Android operating system.
One of the biggest additions to Android 11 for Android TV is Auto Low Latency Mode. It is a mode specifically meant for gaming apps where a compatible smart TV will automatically switch to low latency. It will essentially be helpful in improving the gameplay experience for users. It also brings official support for the Steam controller (USB port) and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
Other features of the new OS include silent boot mode for system updates, inactivity prompts, and OEM configurable wake keys. The developers will be able to control different aspects of Android TV like managing system LEDs and physical microphone mute buttons. The team has ensured that devs can now test their Android TV apps faster with the help of TV harness mode. It will essentially help them inspect their apps as they go on to develop them.
Android 11 for Android TV is currently available only for Google's ADT-3 dongle. It is a dongle meant for developers so that they can test their apps before releasing them on the Google Play Store for Android TV. The announcement does not mention when one can expect the app to arrive on their respective Android TV models.