Google is reportedly updating its Chromecast with Google TV (4K) streaming device to Android 12. Launched in October 2020, Chromecast with Google TV (4K) has seen very few updates over its two and a half year lifespan. product life. Android 12 update will bring support for camera and microphone privacy indicator and blocking feature, 4K User Interface (UI), frequency matching images of content, “Quick Connect” functionality, and some other minor design changes including rounded buttons and over-screen animations that mirror the Android experience on phones.
The development was confirmed by Google during an interaction with 9to5Google. However, the exact timing for the launch of the update has yet to be determined.
According to the report, the camera and microphone indicators would trigger a bright green icon in the top corner of Android TV that indicates the components are in use by the TV or external apps installed on it. Meanwhile, the Block Camera and Microphone feature will allow users to block access to the camera and microphone system-wide via a toggle switch in the menu section. The content rate matching feature will allow users to choose between forcing Android TV to match the refresh rate of the original media being played. Under the Content Rate Matching feature in the Display and Sound menu section, users have the option to choose “uninterrupted”, “uninterrupted” or “never” options.
So far, all updates to the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) have only included security patches and bug fixes, as well as an app-based update that allows multiple profile setup. According to the report, Google’s ability to roll out updates has been largely limited due to storage limitations on the Chromecast device. Chromecast with Google TV (4K) currently comes with a storage capacity of 8GB, of which only 4GB remains available to the user for app installs.
Previously, Google announced an update to Chromecast with Google TV (4K) that would allow it to fix storage and performance issues. The update included a “Free up space” button in the Google TV settings menu, which would allow users to free up cache and uninstall unwanted apps. The update also included automatic processes to free up storage space that worked on application cache files as well as ART/OAT (Android Runtime/Optimized Ahead of time) objects.
Google also recently launched the new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) in India. The new streaming device will come with Android 12 out of the box.