Google is reportedly bringing its Chromecast with Google TV (4K) streaming device to Android 12. It has seen quite a few changes in its two-and-a-half years of product lifespan. The Android 12 update will include support for camera and microphone privacy indicators and blocking capabilities, 4K user interface (UI), content frame rate matching, and ''Quick Connect'' functionality. Some minor designs tweaks include rounded buttons, and on-screen animations that mirror the Android experience on phones.
According to the report, the camera and microphone indicators are said to trigger a bright green icon at the top corner of the Android TV that indicates that the TV or external applications installed on it are being monitored. During this time, users may also select between forcing the Android TV to match the refresh rate of the original media being played. Under the match content rate matching feature under the Display & Sound menu section, users have the option to select "seamless," "non-seamless" or "never."
All Chromecast with Google TV (4K) updates have included security fixes and an app-based update that allowed for multiple profile setup. According to the report, Google''s ability to roll out updates has largely been limited due to storage limitations on the Chromecast device. Currently, Chromecast with Google TV (4K) has 8GB storage capacity, out of which only 4GB remains available for app installation.
Google had previously announced a new Chromecast with Google TV (4K) that would eliminate storage and performance limitations. The update included a Free up space button on Google TV''s settings menu, which would allow users to remove unwanted applications without having to worry about storage space. The update also included automated cleanups to remove app cache files, as well as (Android Runtime/Optimised Ahead of time) ART/OAT objects.
Google has teamed up with Google TV (HD) in India recently. The new streaming device will be shipped with Android 12 out-of-the-box.