Google is reportedly updating its Chromecast with Google TV (4K) streaming device to Android 12. Launched in October 2020, the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) has seen very few updates in its two-and-a-half-year product life. The Android 12 update will add support for the camera and microphone privacy indicator and lock functionality, 4K user interface (UI), content frame rate matching, ‘Quick Connect’ functionality, and a few other minor design tweaks, including rounded buttons, and on-screen animations that mirror the Android experience on phones.
The development was confirmed by Google in an interaction with 9to5Google. However, an exact timeline on when the update will roll out hasn’t been outlined so far.
The camera and microphone indicators would activate a bright green icon in the top corner of the Android TV, according to the report, indicating that the components are being used by the TV or third-party applications installed on it. Meanwhile, the camera and microphone lock function allows users to block access to the camera and microphone throughout the system via a toggle switch in the menu section. The content rate tuning functionality allows users to choose between forcing the Android TV to adjust the refresh rate of the original media being played. Under the match content functionality in the Display and Sound menu section, users have the option to choose the “seamless”, “non-seamless” or “never” options.
So far, all updates on the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) have only contained security patches and bug fixes, along with an app-based update that allowed for multiple profiles to be set. According to the report, Google’s ability to roll out updates is largely limited due to storage limitations on the Chromecast device. Chromecast with Google TV (4K) currently ships with 8 GB of storage, of which only 4 GB remains available to the user for app installations.
Previously, Google had announced an update to Chromecast with Google TV (4K) that would fix storage and performance issues. The update included a “Free up space” button in Google TV’s settings menu, which allows users to clear cache and remove unwanted applications. The update also included automatic processes to free up storage space that worked on app cache files and (Android Runtime/Optimized Ahead of time) ART/OAT objects.
Google also recently launched the new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) in India. The new streaming device comes standard with Android 12.