Google will soon update its cutting-edge Chromecast to Android 12, finally catching up with rivals’ smart TV platforms.
Currently, Chromecast with Google TV (4K) only works on Android 10, despite the fact that both hardware and software are developed by Google itself. With this improvement, the streaming stick should now get several benefits, including support for a wider selection of third-party game controllers, automatic refresh rate switching to reduce video stuttering, and a host of small improvements.
This is due to the announcement of a new, more economical version of the TV stick: the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) – which retains many of the same features but turns 4K visuals into Full HD, ditches Dolby Vision and has a lower £ Price.
Google hasn’t given the exact date when its best streaming stick will get Android 12, but thanks to Chromecast, with Google TV (HD) running Android 12, we expect the OS update to arrive sooner rather than later on the 4K model.
Analysis: Why is it taking so long to update?
If you’re wondering why Google didn’t update its Chromecast using Google TV (4K) to the latest version of its own operating system, before most of the guesswork has been focused on the meager 8GB of storage. While you don’t think the smart TV stick requires a lot of storage space, it needs to make room for apps, games, and OS updates that users may want to download.
With that in mind, 8 GB is really not much. If you love shows from some of the best streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime, and you love game streaming platforms like Google Stadia and Xbox Game Pass, you’ve probably found that Google needs to sacrifice TV – especially that some of the limited space must be allocated to Android 10.
According 9do5Google (opens in a new tab)Google has finally solved the space problem in Android 12 with improvements to the way Google TV handles storage. While the details aren’t the brightest, these improvements include automatically deleting files that aren’t in use, and designing your app to be more efficient in the space it occupies.
Whatever the reason, Google has finally managed to bring Android 12 to its own streaming devices, giving them a solid boost over 2019’s Android 10, and we can’t wait to install the update.