Version 12 of Android TV (which is currently being tested as a beta in parallel with Android 12) also features some innovations. The third beta was distributed this week and Google posted a few details on the developer blog.
Android TV finally resolves in 4K
In addition to a few optimizations for the playback of media, one point in particular catches the eye: The surface of Android TV now finally resolves in 4K (if you have a corresponding TV). So far there was unfortunately only full HD.
Means: With the new version of Android TV, everything is permanently displayed in 4K and you don’t have to switch between FHD and 4K (Android TV could of course play 4K content natively beforehand). There’s more.
With a view to privacy, there is now a visual indication when an app is accessing your microphone or camera – as is known from smartphones. And you can also set that no app is allowed to access it.
At the moment you can only test Android 12 for Smart TVs with special hardware from Google that is sold to developers. There is no date for the final version yet, but we expect the update in autumn.
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