Android 12 update rolling out to Chromecast 4K with Google TV

After launching on the cheaper HD model earlier this month, Android 12 is now rolling out to the Chromecast with Google TV 4K released in 2020.

The update – build number STTE.220621.019.A2.9082754 – comes in at 722MB and “upgrades the Android TV OS from 10 to 12”. It also brings Chromecast with Google TV (4K) to the July 2022 security patch level from May 2022, which was rolled out in mid-July as the first update of the year.

However, the big privacy update here is the camera and microphone toggles that “allow you to disable or enable camera/mic access for all apps” because video calls are ideal for the biggest screen in your home.

Google also touts “additional user settings giving you control over HDR format and surround sound”, while the ability to “match the frame rate of content” is particularly highlighted. The full release notes are below:

  • Upgrades Android TV OS from 10 to 12
  • Additional user settings let you control HDR format and surround sound
  • New! Match content frame rate lets you switch between refresh rates
  • Increased security and privacy
  • New camera and mic privacy toggles allow you to disable or enable camera/mic access for all apps
  • Android security patch level updated to July 2022
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements

Anecdotally, I had to unpair my Chromecast voice remote using my phone and reconnect from Settings > Remove & Accessories after installing the update, which installed relatively quickly. We currently don’t see a separate controller update.

To download the Android 12 update to your Chromecast with Google TV (4K), click your profile avatar in the upper right corner -> Settings -> System -> About -> System update.

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