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Android 12 rolling out to Chromecast (4K) with frame rate matching

17 Oct 2022 | Rasmus Larsen |

The 4K version of Chromecast with Google TV has finally received Android 12 which adds new features such as frame rate matching, privacy toggles, and new settings for HDR and surround.

Google has started rolling out Android 13 to mobile devices but TV devices are usually a few generations behind, a fact that applies even to Google's own devices such as Chromecast that has been running Android 10 since launch in 2020.

After launching the new HD version of Chromecast with Google TV with Android 12, the company promised to also bring the update to the 4K version of Chromecast with Google TV. It has arrived and is available to download now.

Here's what's new in the 722MB system update:
  • Upgrades Android TV OS from 10 to 12
  • Additional user settings lets you control HDR format and surround sound
  • New! Match content frame rate allows you to switch between refresh rates
  • Increased Security and Privacy
  • New camera and mic privacy toggles let you disable or enable camera/ mic access for all apps
  • Android security patch level has been updated to July 2022
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements

    Android TV 12

    The new match content frame rate menu in Android TV 12

    Frame rate matching

    The biggest new feature is the match frame rate function that video enthusiasts have been looking forward to since Android 12 for TV was announced. It allows Chromecast to match its video output to the frame rate of the content (24, 25, 50, 60 etc.) for judder-free playback on the TV. The streaming app must also support the new feature. FlatpanelsHD will be testing the new feature soon. You can download Android 12 now on your Chromecast with Google TV by going to your profile picture and clicking Settings -> System -> About -> System update.
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