Android TV AV1 support to be mandatory in 2021

Android TV AV1 support to be mandatory in 2021

Google’s Android TV platform powers set-top boxes, dongles, projectors, and even the TVs themselves. As the move to Google TV continues, Google is establishing a new requirement for all new Android TV devices: they must support the AV1 streaming codec.

If this sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because rumors of this news have been swirling around for several months at this point. @AndroidTV_Rumor and Protocol both mentioned Google’s future requirement for AV1 to be supported in October of last year, but today the folks at XDA provided corroboration and a bit of additional context.

Today’s report sets a specific time window for this change, stating that all Android TV devices – including Google TV – must support the AV1 codec from March 31, 2021. This applies to any device. running Android 10 or Android 11. Again, that’s not really news, but the internal slide seen by XDA confirms that it is. We reached out …

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