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Google TV Now Hibernates Apps And Better Responds To Remotes

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The Google TV user experience has recently seen improvements in two important areas – storage and performance. If all this sounds familiar, that’s because Google TV got an update in August of last year that also looked to improve performance and storage. Presumably, this is the big performance and storage update for 2023.

Google TV is now available on a wide variety of devices including streaming players and smart TVs. Due to this, any improvements that are made have the potential to affect a number of users across device types and manufacturers.

In terms of storage, Google says it has managed to reduce the amount of storage space used by reducing app sizes and hibernating background apps. The latter of which is a new feature that will automatically force apps into a hibernation mode when they haven’t been used for more than 30 days.

As for actually reducing the size of an app, this is achieved through the use of Android App Bundles, a feature Google uses to reduce app sizes on Android in general. According to Google, the use of app bundles has resulted in the size of Google TV apps being reduced by roughly 25%.

Google says that both of these storage-based improvements have already rolled out to devices, so there is nothing for users to do to enable either.

As for the performance boost, this is more of an across the board improvement. For example, Google points to faster responses after pressing a button on the remote, the time it takes for Google TV to wake up, and the length of time the animation is shown when the device is booting up. Basically, Google TV users should notice a faster experience in general.

Similar to the storage improvements, Google says that the performance upgrades have also already rolled out to devices.

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By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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