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Starting today, Google TV devices will receive a performance boost thanks to a new update that also fixes storage issues that many users encounter, in part by adding automated app hibernation.
Google says in a short post that several Google TV devices, including Chromecast with Google TV, are getting a new update. Performance and storage are the two main areas of attention for the update.
In terms of performance, Google claims that this new update will affect both devices and remote controls with the aim of reducing “wait time” while waking up your device as well as the delay between hitting a button and something happening on the screen. All users are reportedly already receiving these updates.
We have made updates to both your devices and remotes to eliminate wait time. We reduced the time it takes to wake up your Google TV, the response time between your TV and button clicks on your remote, and the amount of time you see the loading animation when rebooting your device.
Another change is intended to improve storage, which may be a hassle as many Chromecast users are aware. Google TV will now “hibernate” apps that have not been utilized in the previous 30 days on its own. When an app is not in use, Google TV will offload it from your system but keep important data local so you can quickly start using it again when you want to. However, for this to work, your device must be based on Android TV version 12, at the very least. That includes Google TV and Chromecast, but not all TVs and other set-top boxes are included.
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The size of TV apps will be reduced by about 25% thanks to Android App Bundles on Android TV OS, which Google last year announced it will require starting this month.