Google recently released the new Chromecast 4K TV stick with Google TV (HD). The company previously confirmed to 9to5Google that the old Chromecast with Google TV (4K) will be updated in the near future to Android 12. Today, older Chromecasts with Google TV (4K) got the Android 12 update. This moves the older Chromecast 4K sticks from Android 10 to Android 12. The update has a build number of STTE.220621.019.A2.9082754, an update size of 722MB. In addition, the update adds the July 2022 security patch.
The new version brings some of the new features that Google introduced with Android 12 last year. It includes a camera and microphone switch that allows users to disable or enable camera and microphone access for apps. Additionally, this update includes several settings to help users control HDR formats and surround sound.
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Android 12 Chromecast 4K sticks update
The complete update content includes
- Upgrade Android TV OS from Android 10 to Android 12
- Additional user settings allow users to control HDR formats and surround sound additions
- Matching content frame rate allows users to switch between refresh rates
- Improve security and privacy
- New camera and microphone privacy switch lets users disable or enable camera/microphone access for all apps
- Android security patch level updated to July 2022
- Other bug fixes and performance improvements
9to5google points out that users may need to unpair the Chromecast voice remote control. After pairing, reconnect the remote control from the “Remote Controls and Accessories” menu in the Chromecast settings after the update.
The Chromecast Stick with Google TV was first launched in October 2020. Since its launch, it has received only a handful of updates. The Chromecast only comes with 8GB of storage, so updating the system or updating apps can be a hassle. A Google spokesman claims storage improvements would be made to Google TV. Android 12 brings support for a camera/microphone privacy indicator and blocking, 4K UI support, and other small tweaks to Google TV.