15 December 2021
Google has released Android 12 TV final version aimed at developers. It is the newest Android TV operating system build meant for smart TVs. It has been over a month since Android 12 became available for Pixel devices. A few other phones have also received it and Google is also planning to release Android 12L for big screen devices.
Talking about Android 12 TV, it has reached its final version stage as per the beta testing schedule but is yet to become available for general users. It means you cannot install it on your Android TV device or a Chromecast yet. It can only be installed on the ADT-3, a developer device by Google. It is a device meant to help developers prepare and optimize their Android TV apps for the new operating system version.
The biggest difference in the new Android 12 TV build is full support for 4K UI rendering. It also includes a bunch of privacy issues with alerts for microphone camera usage. The newest version is mainly about under the hood performance improvements with not much difference in terms of visual experiences.
Here is the official Android 12 TV changelog:
- Avoid motion judder during playback using refresh rate switching
- Certified API-accuracy for reporting display modes, HDR formats and surround sound formats
- Background blurs using RenderEffect and in WindowManager
- 4K UI support
- Accessibility settings for font sizes
Privacy & Security
- Microphone and camera indicators
- Microphone and camera toggles
- Device attestation via Android KeyStore API
HDMI & Tuner
- Support for HDMI CEC 2.0
- Tuner HAL 1.1 with DTMB support and performance improvements
- Better protection model with Tuner Service