Google is reportedly updating its Chromecast with Google TV (4K) streaming device to Android 12. It has seen quite a few changes in its two-and-a-half-year lifespan. The Android 12 update will include a camera and microphone privacy indicator and blocking capabilities, a 4K user interface (UI), content frame rate matching, and several minor designs tweaks, including rounded buttons.
According to the report, the camera and microphone indicators are said to trigger a bright green image at the top corner of the Android TV that indicates that the TV or external applications installed on it are being monitored. Moreover, the camera and microphone blocking functionality will allow users to bypass the device''s refresh rate through a toggle switch on the menu section. Under the match content rate matching functionality, users have the option to select "seamless", "non-seamless" or "never."
All updates on the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) have included simple security fixes and an app-based update that allowed for multiple profile setup. According to a report, Google''s capacity to roll out updates has largely been limited due to storage limitations on the Chromecast device. Only 4GB has been previously provided for app installations.
Google had previously announced a Chromecast version with Google TV (4K) that would allow users to remove unwanted applications without having to open up cache. The update also included automatic cleanups to remove app cache files as well as (Android Runtime/Optimised Ahead of time) ART/OAT objects.
Recently, Google launched the new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) in India. The new streaming device will be available on Android 12 outside the box.