Today, Google provides Android TV developers with new tools, including Google play instant, play store in simulator, pin code purchase, gboard TV, automatic low latency mode and slimming library improvement。 Globally, the field of smart TV is dominated by tizen and WebOS. Roku and Amazon's fire TV have won the favor of American consumers. Although Google's early success with its cheap chromecast TV stick, consumers didn't switch to Android TV when they upgraded their TV experience.
Google play instant refers to Android applications and games that can be launched immediately without first installing them. Google has been working on this concept for years. The company launched Android instant apps in May 2016, renamed it Google play instant, and added support for games in March 2018. Google play instant is finally open to all Android developers in May 2018. More than two years later, Android TV developers are finally ready to use it.
Now the Android TV simulator has added support for play store. This will make it easier for developers to test Android TV projects and features (such as subscriptions) in the emulator without having to deploy anything on a real device. Google has also added a pin code purchase feature to try to ease the problem of buying content on Android TV. When it comes to typing with a remote control, it can easily become one of the most irritating experiences of smart TV. Google finally replaced the A-Z layout with the QWERTY layout. The new gboard TV also includes voice to text, predictive typing, different permutations (middle, left or right), and Optimization for more than 30 countries. Voice to text and predictive typing will be particularly useful as alternative input options in applications.
Google has also improved games on Android TV through automatic low latency mode. This mode allows developers to disable Android TV post-processing, minimizing latency whenever the game is displayed in full screen mode. Finally, Google simplified the leanback library by adding top tag navigation, media title paging, and shared code base across mobile and TV.