Android TV 12 is now available, unclear when it’s headed to Chromecast with Google TV

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A bit behind its launch on smartphones, Android 12 has just officially launched on Android TV. Unfortunately, it’s unclear when it will actually arrive on consumer devices.

Quietly announced on Google’s developer site today, Android TV 12’s final stable release is now available with both Android TV and Google TV versions. As with the beta updates, Android TV 12 is still only available on Google’s ADT-3 developer device.

Despite Google’s early beta launch, Android TV 12 is actually seeing its stable launch considerably later than Android TV 11 last year, which made its stable debut in September.

Regardless of the timing, Android 12 brings with it several new features for your television. This includes overdue support for 4K rendering of the homescreen and UI, Android 12’s new privacy indicators and toggles, as well as support for HDMI CEC 2.0 and more. We’ve taken a closer look at Android TV 12 in previous coverage.

With the official release of Android 12, we are also making the most recent platform release available for TV. Take this opportunity to start building and testing your apps to make it compatible with the latest Android release on the new Google TV experience. Alternatively, the build images for the standard Android TV experience are also available for download.

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