Android TV gains keyboard improvements, gaming news and more

The Google announced today, a number of new developments that will come to Android TV in the coming weeks, bringing some features very demanded by owners of TV sets equipped with this version of the operating system.

One of the improvements in Android for smart TVs promises to facilitate the use of Gboard by remote control, especially when typing passwords, emails and numbers. With the new layouts, the user will have an experience similar to that found on cell phones .


The line dedicated to numbers, located at the top, as well as some symbols on the right, has been removed, avoiding occupying the entire area when filling in fields and forms. Gboard TV also gained a new predictive text mode and button to activate voice typing at the top, in addition to being positioned in the bottom area, not occupying the entire screen.

Another novelty announced by the Mountain View giant is the possibility to confirm app purchases on the Google Play store using a four-digit PIN code, instead of entering long passwords. This makes it much faster and easier to access content on the big screen.

The Android TV update also brings good news for gamers. From now on, the system will support an automatic low-latency mode, which will disable post-processing when the game is opened in full screen, offering more fluid gameplay.

This adjustment, which may be another step towards the arrival of the Stadia platform on TVs with Android, should also optimize the use of videoconferencing apps on the big screen.

Finally, we also have the launch of Google Play Instant on the system, making it possible to try applications and games without having to install them beforehand – if you decide to use it after the test, the user must download the file.

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