Google has introduced new functions for Android TV users in India to save data. The tech giant says these features were developed with the Indian users in mind who have used smart TV functions by connecting their Android TV through a mobile hotspot. Connecting an HD TV to mobile data will quickly deplete daily data restrictions. Google tried to address this issue with four new features that were introduced specifically for Android TVs. These include Data Saver, Data Alerts, Hotspot Guide and Cast in Files.
In one blog entryAccording to Google, these features will help Indian users get the most out of their smart TVs, even if they have limited mobile data. As the name suggests, the data saver function reduces data usage for mobile hotspot connections. Reducing data usage could increase the observation time three times within the same cap, Google said. This feature can be activated in the settings when a user switches to the mobile hotspot to watch content on TV.
There is also a new data alert feature that lets you know about your data usage while watching TV. These warnings appear at the bottom of the screen every time you use a certain amount of data. Users can choose when to display these warnings. There are options to get warnings when using 100MB, 500MB, and 1GB of data, or users can turn off the warnings as well. The tech giant has also launched a new hotspot guide that will help users easily set up their TVs with a portable hotspot.
Google says the new features will be rolled out to Android TVs in India in the coming weeks. Some of the first televisions to receive this support include those from Xiaomi, TCL and MarQ from Flipkart. A global introduction of the same functions will begin later.
Google also added support for Cast in Files, which allows users to view downloaded media from their phone on their TV without using any data. This feature will be available to Android TV users through the beta program and will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
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