Google is rolling out a software update for owners of the 4K compatible version of Chromecast with Google TV.
The update brings Android 12 to the device, the same operating system that started shipping in the HD-only version of Chromecast with Google TV that went on sale last month.
Android 12 brings a number of improvements to the 4K version of Chromecast with Google TV, including additional privacy settings that allow users to grant or revoke permissions for the audio-enabled remote and any cameras that may be connected to a TV dongle. (So far, Google hasn’t officially released any Chromecast-enabled cameras with Google TV, but some apps may request this type of access, anyway.)
The update also brings an important security patch that it first rolled out to Android TV devices in July.
In terms of features, Android 12 will allow users to match the frame rate of the content of a TV show or movie being streamed on a service. The frame rate will increase (for example, when someone is watching sports on a linear channel that delivers 60fps) or decreases (for watching a movie at 24fps), depending on whether the app supports it.
There are three options in Matching Content Framerate, including Smooth (which adjusts the frame rate smoothly if the TV supports it), and Not Smooth (which attempts to adjust the frame rate, although the screen may go black as TV sets accordingly) and “Never” (which simply ignores anything the app asks for in terms of frame rate).
The new operating system will also allow users to control various HDR settings and ambient sound. The 4K variant of Chromecast with Google TV already allows streaming devices to switch between HDR and SDR, depending on the viewer’s preference. Regarding surround sound, the device will now automatically switch to a supported audio format depending on which TV or audio receiver your Chromecast with Google TV is connected to, or users can simply press Never to turn off surround sound altogether.
Finally, while the release notes don’t specify this, the desk He was able to discover an additional feature that allows Chromecast with Google TV users to scale the menu text up or down, depending on preference.
To download the new OS update, press the Google Assistant button on the voice-activated remote control, then say “Settings.” From the settings menu, go to “System” and then press the right button on the navigation panel. Highlight About, then press the right button again. Finally, locate “System Update” and press the middle button on the navigation panel.
The 4K version of Chromecast with Google TV sells for $50 at places like AmazonAnd the best buy And the Walmart. The device is available in white, pink and light blue, with a color-coordinated voice-powered remote control (although only the white version is available in physical stores; other color options must be ordered online). The HD-only version of Chromecast with Google TV costs $30 and is available at AmazonAnd the best buy And the Walmart.
Chromecast with Google TV provides access to all popular TV and movie streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Peacock, Paramount Plus, Starz, Philo, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and more. It also supports free streaming apps like YouTube, Tubi, Pluto TV, Xumo, and STIRR.
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