Although Google TV and Android TV have been around for some time and are available on a range of devices, ranging from streaming sticks to Smart TVs, the platform’s storage limitations are frequently its largest drawback. Google is pushing for new Google TV and Android TV devices with at least 16GB of storage, claims a recent report.
Google apparently discussed its future plans for Google TV and Android TV with its TV partners in a recent meeting conducted behind closed doors. The presentation largely concentrated on new features, such as Fast Pair, Fitbit/Wear OS integration, Nest Audio streaming, and others, reports Protocol.
Starting with the release of Android 13, Google is “highly urging” its partners to adopt at least 16GB of storage on future Android TV and Google TV devices. The justification for this is to make more room for applications and system upgrades. While some companies do offer 32GB capacity on some of the more expensive models, the bulk of inexpensive Google TV and Android TV devices typically come with only 8GB of storage. The Chromecast with Google TV, which has experienced problems with previous system updates, is evidence that the issue with system upgrades is serious.
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Moving the base storage up to 16GB definitely appears to be a positive move on the part of Google, but it would be fascinating to see whether partners really choose that route or not, and how this will affect the prices of future Google TV and Android TV devices.