Google’s Android TV platform itself powers set-top boxes, dongles, projectors and even TVs. As the migration to Google TV continues, Google is introducing a new requirement for all new Android TV devices – they must support the AV1 streaming codec.
If this sounds familiar, then maybe this is why rumors of this news have been circulating for months. @AndroidTV_Aomer and Protocol both mentioned Google’s upcoming requirements for Avi1 in October last year, but the people who arrived at XDA today provided additions and some extra context.
Today’s report pinned the time window for this change to say that all Android TV-based devices – including Google TV – must support the AV1 code starting March 31, 2021. This is not really breaking news, but The internal slide shown by XDA helps confirm this case. We reached out to Google to comment on this change, and this article will be updated if there are any answers.
What does AV1 mean for Android TV? The new streaming codec is available to all through the Alliance for Open Media and is designed to make video streaming on the Internet more efficient with little impact on quality. Google has, significantly, announced that it is pushing the AV1 even heavier. Google has already begun using the AV1 on devices compatible with YouTube, Chrome and Duo, and Google Photos, Play Movie / Google TV, Combined, and even Stadia .
It has already started to expand as AV1 support on Android TV to this day. The decoding process of this codec requires more new hardware, which is why there are no software updates available to bring products that are not supported, including Google TV and Chromecast. Significantly, Sony’s new Bravia XR lineup that runs Google TV supports AV1 decoding, as is the latest Amlogic S905 X4 chip being used in more streaming boxes.
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