Google is planning on providing a pack of latest features for its Android TV platform in the upcoming years, including its much-awaited Stadia game streaming service, based on a leak on XDA Developers.
Based on XDA Developers, an attendee on the International Broadcasting Convention, where Google usually attends the event to display the latest updates for the Android TV ecosystem, managed to snap a photograph of a slide revealing the Android TV roadmap via 2021. Features slated for 2019 include an Assistant for Early Access Program Operators, which seems to be a way for developers to test new Google Assistant phrases, a Play Store update, and pilot home screen and in-stream advertisements. Google has already launched an obnoxious sponsored section to some sets running Android TV.
For Android 11 in 2020, Google is planning on launching a Hero device advancing next-generation smart home UX, which can do something fancy with Google Lens and Android 10’s Live Captions accessibility feature. Beyond that, Google is focusing on to have 8,000 Android TV apps launched by the end of the year, including Google Stadia. For Android 12 S in 2020, there’s not much in the way of hard detail apart from numerous hardware and software optimizations and a plan to reach 8,000-10,000 Android TV apps.
As XDA Developers wrote, Android updates for the TV platform are all, however, sure to lag a bit behind smartphones. It’s additionally unclear why Stadia (which launches on November 2019 for Founder’s Edition buyers) requires a “major OS update,” although presumably it’s as a result of getting the service to run optimally across the broad range of smart TV, digital media player, and set-top box options that rely on Android TV will require a lot of work.
At launch, Stadia could have a library of dozens of games and the capability to stream them at up to 60 fps in 4K with 5.1 surround sound for Pro users (assuming they work out all the wrinkles). The integration will be a significant upgrade for Android TV, which as the Verge noted has faced intense competition from Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV and did not make much of a splash in the market. Android TV is also competing against Google’s Chromecast line of devices. Since its launch in 2014, though, Android TV has beefed up most of its features and now has a broad steady of apps and other features like Google Assistant and keyboard and mouse support.