Android TV 12 set to start rolling out 'early' this year


Android 12 is likely one of the platform’s most significant updates for the massive display screen shortly, however regardless of its early begin, it hasn’t proven up on any gadgets. In a brand new weblog submit printed this week, Google has confirmed that Android TV 12 can be obtainable on gadgets this yr.

Replace: Google has up to date the weblog submit to say that Android TV 12 gained’t debut till “later” this yr, retracting the sooner point out of “early.”

A weblog submit printed to Medium by Google’s Paul Lammertsma recaps what’s new in Android TV 12 together with 4K UI rendering, textual content scaling, and refresh fee switching as nicely. We lined most of those new additions final yr in earlier developer previews. In the direction of the tip of the submit, although, he additionally reveals two new bits of knowledge.

Firstly, the platform’s devoted developer system, the ADT-3, can now obtain Android 12 by way of an OTA as a substitute of manually flashing the replace.*

Secondly, and extra excitingly, is that Android TV 12 is on its technique to a proper launch. Whereas no specifics are talked about, Google says that Android TV 12 will “being showing” on TVs “early this yr.”

Android 12 will start showing on TVs early this yr, so now’s the time to start evaluating your app for compatibility.


Replace 3/24: Google has retracted the earlier point out of this replace arriving on Android TV and Google TV gadgets “early” this yr, and has since up to date the submit to say “later” in 2022.

Android 12 will start showing on TVs later this yr, so now’s the time to start evaluating your app for compatibility.

Editor’s notice: a earlier model of this story said that Android 12 would start showing on TVs early this yr.

Our authentic protection follows.


Whereas March 2022 is pushing it on “early” within the yr, the phrasing right here definitely factors in the direction of Android 12 displaying up on some new fashions or by way of updates within the close to future. A straightforward guess could be on new Sony Bravia or Hisense fashions. Sony often launches its new batch of Google TV-powered televisions round late March — final yr’s fashions went on sale round March 30. There’s no signal on if this replace can be made obtainable for Chromecast with Google TV.

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*This text was up to date to right that the OTA rolling out is for the ultimate launch of Android 12, now the developer preview as beforehand said.

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