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Information about the Android 10 software update for 2019 to 2020 Android TV models

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    A major software update (Android™ 10) is scheduled to begin sometime around October 2023 for your Android TV™ model. This article explains new and enhanced features and other changes provided with this update.

    Menu and interface changes

    • Settings menu changes
      After the update, the Settings menus will be located on the left side of the screen, and the details of the selected content will be displayed on the right side.

      In addition, some setting names and locations will be changed. For example, after the update, Device Preferences will be called System.

    New & enhanced features

    • Living Decor
      Living Decor is a function that allows your TV to be used as a photo frame, clock, or to look like a part of an interior. Living Decor can be started from the list of apps.
    • Timers & Clock
      Alarms are added to the timer functions and will have the ability to display a clock on the television screen. Timers & Clock can be selected from the list of apps.
      Note: For OLED models, in order to reduce image retention, the clock cannot be displayed all the time.
    • TV Menu improvements
      • Easy registration of favorite channels
        On the remote control, and from the TV menu, use the up arrow button to register your favorite channels.
    • Name change in the LED indicator settings, and enables easy turn on or off the Voice Function LED
      • For TVs with a built-in MIC: The current setting name for Built-in MIC LED under the LED indicator is changed to Voice detection status. The menu path is as follows: Settings → System → LED indicator → Voice detection status
        Note:  For  XBR X95H (55, 65, 75) and Z8H series: After the update, you can turn off the Voice Function LED by disabling the Voice detection status.

        A: Voice Function LED (bottom of the TV, slightly left of center)
    • Enabled Soundbar or Home Theater System control from your TV (HT-A7000/A5000/A3000/A9 models only)
      If you have a supported Soundbar model (HT-A7000HT-A5000, or HT-A3000) or Home Theater System (HT-A9), you'll be able to use the following features:
      • Control from TV Quick Settings (Except for HT-A3000):
        The setting items for the applicable Soundbar or Home Theater System will be displayed in Quick Settings, and you can change the settings of the Soundbar or Home Theater System from the UI of the TV.
      • Easy Wi-Fi® settings
        You can easily set the Wi-Fi settings for the applicable Soundbar or Home Theater System (the Wi-Fi settings for the Soundbar or Home Theater System are copied from your TV so you don't have to set them yourself).
      • Display Software update notifications
        Software update notifications for the applicable Soundbar or Home Theater System will appear on the TV screen.

    Other

    • Added the TV Control with Smart Speakers app
      TV Control Setup with the Amazon Alexa app will be replaced with TV Control with Smart Speakers app. If you have already used the TV Control Setup with the Amazon Alexa app to control the TV:  you will still be able to use it and it will coexist with the newly added TV Control with Smart Speakers app. If you want to link your TV to your Amazon Alexa for the first time: please use the TV Control with Smart Speakers app after the update.
      Note: Availability of this function may vary depending on the country or region.

    Functional changes

    • Restricted profile function
      The Restricted profile in the Security & restrictions sections under Device Preferences will not be supported after the update. Please utilize the Parental controls function to enjoy safe apps and video streaming services. Follow these steps to set the Parental controls:
      On the supplied remote control, press the  (Quick Settings) button, then select Parental controls. You can set the following Parental controls features so that children can safely use the TV:
      • Restrict TV channels and use of external inputs
      • Restrict the use of apps
      • Restrict TV usage time
    • BRAVIA Sync function
      After the update, the Sync Menu will no longer be shown from the Quick Settings menu. To operate BRAVIA Sync-compatible devices from the TV, on the remote control, use the INPUT button to select the device you want to operate.

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