Google has released Android 12 Beta 3, bringing the next great operating system closer to the final stable release. The focus is obviously on smartphones and tablets, but the larger screen isn’t being sidelined for now. Yes, the Android 12 operating system will be the most exciting change for televisions and Google has ensured that the beta version is love in the form of some great new features. The focus, for now, is on user interface elements, privacy controls, and most of all, security.
Android TV users have lived with the main interface rendered at 1080p, which tends to lag when the user interface switches to 4K content. This will change with Android 12 release as users will finally be able to enjoy native 4K support for the user interface.
It means a seamless transition from user interface to content streaming interface, as both will be set to 4K resolutions. This will be complemented by a background blur for menu items and pop-ups that will make them stand out for a smooth user experience.
Keeping in tune with the future of gaming and content creation, Android TV 12 will have support for variable refresh rate settings for a better viewing experience. Developers can take advantage of this feature to toggle the screen refresh rate based on the content being viewed, be it games, photos, or movies.
As part of the renewed focus on privacy, the Android TV platform will get Android 12’s native privacy as well as security features. For example, the application interface will show if the microphone and camera are being used by indicators in the upper left corner of the screen.
Users can toggle the option to allow the individual application to access hardware resources through the privacy settings on the TV. You will also be able to see recent applications that accessed the camera or microphone.
For now, the Android 12 Beta Version for Android TV it is available for Google’s own ADT-3 development device. It will be interesting to see which Android TV devices will be compatible with the latest and greatest Android 12, so stay tuned!