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 in its two and a half year product lifetime. The Android 12 update will bring support for camera and microphone privacy indicator and blocking functionality, 4K user interface (UI), content frame rate matching, ‘Quick Connect’ functionality, and a few other small design tweaks, including rounded buttons, and on-screen animations. Which mirror the Android experience on the phone.
development was Confirmed By Google in conversation with 9to5Google. However, the exact timeline of when the update will start has not been outlined yet.
As per the report, the camera and microphone indicator is said to trigger a bright green icon on the top corner of the Android TV which indicates that the components are being used by the TV or external applications. Meanwhile, the camera and microphone blocking functionality will allow users to block access to the camera and microphone system-wide via a toggle switch on the menu section. The Content Rate Match functionality will allow users to choose between forcing Android TV to match the refresh rate of native media. Under the Match Content Rate functionality under the Display and Sound menu section, users have the option to select the option “Uninterrupted”, “Non-Smooth”, or “Never”.
As of now, all updates for Chromecast with Google TV (4K) include only security patches and bug fixes, as well as an app-based update that allows multiple profile setups. According to the report, Google’s ability to roll out the update has been largely limited due to the storage limit on Chromecast devices. Chromecast with Google TV (4K) currently ships with 8GB of storage capacity, of which only 4GB remains available to the user for app installation.
Earlier, Google announced an update for Chromecast with Google TV (4K) that would allow it to resolve storage and performance issues. The update included a “Free Up Space” button on Google TV’s Settings menu, which would allow users to clear the cache and uninstall unwanted apps. The update also includes automated processes to free up storage space that operate on app cache files as well as (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 will ship with Android 12 out-of-the-box.