Android TV improves with the arrival of a new beta of Android 12

Native 4K interface and more privacy settings. This is particularly what the beta 3 of Android 12 allows Google to deploy on Android TV. This new beta has already been available for a few days from the developers.

Android TV is enriched with some interesting new features with the arrival, a few days ago, of Android 12 in Beta 3

Android TV is enriched with some interesting new features with the arrival, a few days ago, of Android 12 in Beta 3 // Source: Google

Deployed by Google during the last week, the beta 3 of Android 12 has also made its way to Android TV. Without making any drastic changes to the OS, it adds some interesting new features (some of which have been called for a long time), especially in terms of interface and confidentiality.

First, this new beta allows Android TV to replace its native 1080p interface with an Ultra HD environment. This was a strong demand from the community: until now, the display in Full HD upscalée switched to 4K only when content was launched, recalls Android Central. The thing could occasionally cause fluidity problems in the interface.

This move upmarket on the definition side is complemented by the arrival (for developers) of a blurring tool allowing ” easily improve the visual separation of the different interface layers“, Google notes in its press release.

Android TV gets a little richer on the privacy side

In terms of privacy, Android TV is also progressing a bit with the arrival of options dedicated to activating or deactivating the microphone and the camera (if you have connected them to your TV). These indicators are virtually identical to those added to Android 12. At the same time, two new “global privacy settings” are now available on Android TV.

They allow you to see which applications have recently accessed the camera or microphone. It is also possible to cut off at once, through a button, access to the camera or microphone to all the applications installed on your Android TV.

Source : Google

Some additional features finally take advantage of Android 12 Beta 3 to invite themselves to Android TV, such as a new display frequency parameter intended to improve the impression of fluidity of the interface. Apps are also getting smarter with this new beta as they can now check playback settings and change frequencies depending on what is being viewed, note Android Central .

What availability?

Last novelty, this time dedicated to developers: the enrichment of “Tunnel Mode” to allow “to even more easily support consistent and efficient playback on all devices by reducing the media processing overhead in the Android fabric ”, lit-on.

For the moment reserved for the development device ADT-3 of Google, the beta 3 of Android 12 for Android TV is not accessible to the general public. Apreviewon the other hand, the Android 12 emulator will be available in the coming weeks, promises Google. For ordinary people, these new features will only be fully accessible when Android 12 arrives in its final version on our large screens.

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