Android 12 Beta 3 offers Android TV 4k UI and refresh rate switching. Google just recently possesses about the third beta of Android 12, taking the next version of that platform one step closer to general availability.
While that announcement is aimed at primarily one step closer to general availability. While the announcement focused basically on Smartphones and tablets, those are not the only incarnations of Android to receive a major version bump. Android TV would soon be based on Android 12, and the latest beta version comes with the platform up-to-date that is right on the latest trends that are in the TV hardware as well as user privacy.
Android 12 Beta 3 offers Android TV 4k UI
TVs, both smart and not, happen to possess long-supported 4K UHD resolutions, and the Android TV happens to match that particular capacity for just as long. That would, however, only apply to 4K content, whether native or upscaled, while the Android TV UI remains stuck to 1080p.
While not a major deal-breaker, the switching back and forth between 1080p UI and higher resolution content can become even jarring and is it if not ideal.
When the Android TV gets upgraded right to Android 12, the platform would finally support native 4K resolutions for its own user interfaces. To add to the smoother transition right between menus and content, it would open the door for expanding the UI to take advantage of the higher pixel density. Android 12 for TVs would also get a touch of background blurring to make menus stand out.
Android 12 Supporting Multiple Refresh Rate
Supporting multiple refresh rates now becomes a standard feature on TVs, especially when it comes to gamers. Android TV 12 would further help add settings that apps can make use of for both seamless and non-seamless switching right between refresh rates. Admittedly, not a lot of Android games today get support anything higher than 30Hz or 60Hz. The thing is the number happens to be growing as the number of phones with refresh rates grows.
Android 12 Beta 3 Privacy
Privacy is one major topic for all Android 12, and Google happen to be bringing some of the platform’s new privacy-related features to its smart TVs also. Clear and visible indicators would appear when the camera or the mic is right in use. Users would be able to disable access right in the hardware on a per-app basis as well as globally.
The Android 12 Beta 3 release for the Android Tv which is available right on Google’s very own ADT-3 dev kit. And as always, it would be a guessing game in which the actual Android TV device would get upgraded right to Android 12 in the future.