10 December 2020
If you are one of the few people in the world who own an 8K Android TV, there is a good piece of news for you. Google has enabled 8K streaming support on the YouTube app for Android TV users. The support has been added with the latest app update that should become available for you anytime soon.
The update bears version number 2.12.08 and is under the rollout stage. The official changelog mentions "limited 8K support" for Android TVs running Android 10 or higher. It means if you happen to be running an older Android TV version, you will still miss out on streaming the highest resolution videos available on the platform.
It is true that YouTube currently has only a few 8K videos available but we are expecting this number to only go up. Even smartphones with 8K video recording support have started to launch. This should encourage people to shoot more 8K videos and then upload them to YouTube. Nevertheless, if you own an 8K Android TV running at least Android 10, you can now enjoy 8K videos in their all glory.
As for other changes in the update, here is the changelog:
- Display YouTube Music splash screen
- Cast Connect support
- Limited 8K support to Android 10 and up
- Improved resolution selection
- Fixed incorrect date and time issues
- Various other platform improvements