This Android TV 13 feature enables smart TVs to save energy and bandwidth

What you need to know

  • Android 13 has added a new “low power standby” mode to Android TV.
  • The new feature will disable network access and restrict app features when a smart TV is in standby mode.
  • Google seems to be preparing an extended picture-in-picture mode for Android TV 13.

Although Android 13 is still several months away, two essential features for Android TV devices have been discovered that enable smart TVs to reduce power and bandwidth consumption as well as improve picture-in-picture (PiP) mode.

Espers Mishaal Rahman has discovered a new “low power standby” mode as part of his Android 13 dive (via XDA Developers). This upcoming feature will primarily restrict app operation and block network access while an Android TV device is in standby mode.