The final release of the Android 12 OS for some TVs is now available to app developers and will be coming at an unspecified time to certain Google TV and Android TVs, Google has revealed through its Android Developers web site.

The platform will likely be coming in at least some new Google TV models later in 2022 and could arrive, when and if manufacturers choose to pass it along, as an update for models running Android 11 (or possibly earlier). It will support certain new features and apps — some of which might be available on TVs running earlier platform versions — coming from third parties.

Google said that versions of Android 12 for TV will be available for both TVs running the new Google TV overlaying interface and as build images for the standard Android TV experiences, depending on the preferences of supporting manufacturers.

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“We have added further customizations in Android 12 to improve the experience and compatibility on TV devices,” Google said in its statement. “Some of the highlights coming with Android 12 for TV are media playback improvements, more refined user interface capabilities, and privacy and security enhancements. In addition, we are introducing better standards support and improvements for HDMI and tuners.”

Among the more noteworthy improvements will be the addition of refresh rate switching to avoid issues with motion judder during playback along with Certified API-accuracy for reporting display modes, HDR formats and surround sound formats, the company said.

Also coming is 4K user interface support, the ability to use background blur effects for developers using RenderEffect and WindowManager.

Also indicated to developers are microphone and camera indicators, microphone and camera toggles, device attestation via Android KeyStore API, HDMI and tuner.

The update also brings support for HDMI CEC 2.0, presumably bringing better connected component interoperability with a single remote.

An extensive list of Android audio and video codec support is available here.

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By Greg Tarr

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