Earlier today, Google launched the Android 12 Beta 3 system update for Pixel phones. Furthermore, the company also released the Android 12 for TV Beta 3 update. The previous Android TV preview version was a bit lackluster, however, the latest beta version brings some long-awaited features. According to reports, this update makes the Android 12 the most exciting update to the Android TV platform in years. Furthermore, this update brings the introduction of native 4K UI rendering and dynamics refresh rate.
Although Android TV has always supported 4K content playback, Android 12 will present the UI itself in 4K for the first time. Previously, the UI was rendered at up to 1080p and then enlarged to fit a 4K TV. The native 4K UI rendering of the new system will make the main screen interface, settings, and other system surfaces look clearer.
The dynamic refresh rate function makes Android TV support seamless refresh rate switching. The application can integrate settings to play content at the best refresh rate. It can also help to check whether the TV supports seamless refresh rate switching.
Android 12 for TV Beta 3 also adds other new features, such as the updated “Tunnel Mode“, which Google said will make it easier for developers to reduce media processing overhead in the Android framework. This will allow the Android TV to support consistent and efficient playback across devices. In addition, the microphone, camera indicator, and other privacy aspects of Android TV devices have also been improved.