Android 13 Beta 1 For Google TV Quietly Released

Earlier this week, Google began Android 13 beta testing for Android TV. As in previous years, a system image is available for the ADT-3 SDK.

Beta is your chance to test your apps and provide feedback on the latest release. Further customizations in Android to improve experience and compatibility on the TV will be introduced with the each version.

Considering the different experiences, there are separate test paths for Android TV and Google TV. You can install a Google TV Beta 1 system image on the ADT-3 SDK today.

Meanwhile, an Android TV 13 and Google TV beta test experience is available through the Android Emulator for TV. Google has identified the following issues and this does not provide the most stable experience:

  • When Bluetooth headphones are connected, AV playback on some apps does not work.
  • In some cases, when trying to pair Bluetooth devices, pressing the side button on the ADT-3 device does not initiate a Bluetooth device search. If remote pairing is lost, you can work around this issue using ADB commands to simulate remote entry. You can also reflash the device.
  • Remote buttons cannot be reconfigured using the icon Remote control and accessories menu.
  • The option to change HDMI-CEC control is currently missing in the Remote control and accessories menu.
  • When streaming to 4k TVs, only the upper left quarter of the image is displayed.
  • In some cases, when the ADT-3 device is connected to an LG TV, the remote control does not work.
  • When using Google Play Movies app, 4K playback is corrupted by gray screen and noise.
  • For iOS devices, the Google Home app fails to connect to the ADT-3 device. As a workaround, use the Google Home app on an Android device or the ADT-3 remote.

This beta 1 was released (h/t Android Police) on May 4, or just over a week after the Pixel version became available. Stay tuned as we dive into what’s new.

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