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Android TV Leak Reveals Stadia Support, ‘Hero Device’ In 2020

Leaked slides from IBC 2019 appears to reveal planned updates for Google’s Android TV, including new Assistant features, a major hardware release, as well as Stadia integration.

Stadia is Google’s upcoming cloud gaming service, which is said to be capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60fps, with support for high-dynamic-range, to players via the company’s numerous data centres around the globe.

It will be accessible through desktop Google Chrome web browser, on smartphones, smart televisions and tablets, or through Chromecast.

Sent to XDA Developers from an IBC attendee, the leaked roadmap reveals that support for Stadia and the new updates will be made available in 2020, along with the Android 11 R.

The report also reveals that, as part of an update to Android 11, Google has listed a ‘hero device’ launch, which includes next-generation smart home features.

For 2019, as part of its Android 10 update, Google is supposedly planning to allow device makers to add custom phrases to the Assistant, test in-menu ads, and launch a Play Store redesign.

Google is planning to debut its Play Store refresh – complete with better app discovery capabilities – sometime this year.

Further details on this development, along with a sneak peak of several of its upcoming devices, are expected during the company’s recently announced October 15 event in New York City.

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