Released covertly: Android 13 Beta 1 for Google TV

Google launched beta testing Android 13 for Android TV earlier this week. A system image for the ADT-3 Developer Kit is provided, same like in previous years.

You have the chance to test your apps during the beta and offer comments on the most recent version. With each new release, Android will get even more tweaks to enhance the user experience and TV compatibility.

There are separate testing pathways for Android TV and Google TV due to the disparate user interfaces. On the ADT-3 Developer Kit, a Google TV Beta 1 system image is currently installable.

In the meantime, the Android Emulator for TV offers a Google TV and Android TV 13 beta testing experience. The following problems, which Google has detected, do not make for the best stable experience:

Some applications may not support AV playback when Bluetooth headphones are connected. Pressing the side button on the ADT-3 device occasionally does not initiate a Bluetooth device search when attempting to pair Bluetooth devices. If remote pairing fails, you can get around it by simulating remote input with ADB commands. As an alternative, you might reflash the device. The Remote and Accessories menu cannot be used to rearrange the remote control buttons. The Remote and Accessories menu currently lacks the option to switch the HDMI-CEC control. Only the top left fourth of the image is visible while casting to 4k TVs. The remote control occasionally malfunctions when the ADT-3 device is linked to an LG TV. The Google Play Movies app corrupts 4K playback with a gray screen and noise when used. The Google Home app for iOS cannot connect to the ADT-3 device. Use the ADT-3 remote control or the Google Home app on an Android device to get around this problem. On May 4, barely over a week after the Pixel version became accessible, this Beta 1 was released (h/t Android Police ). As we explore the new information, stay tuned.

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