8K video streaming support is now rolling out in a limited fashion for Android TV with YouTube for Android TV version 2.12.08
YouTube for Android TV v2.12.08
brings limited 8K streaming support
YouTube on Android TV will finally allow you to watch 8K videos on compatible TVs. Thanks to the 2.12.08 update of the application, users won't have to be content with just playing 4K sequences. These are all the firmware's new features.
While 4K TVs are already widespread, 8K-compatible TVs are still very expensive. Moreover, the contents offered in this definition are even rarer. Nevertheless, manufacturers are gradually negotiating the shift to 8K. For example, the PS5 and Xbox Series X proudly display their 8K compatibility.
But until now, the few 8K-compatible TVs could not display 8K YouTube videos via Android TV. Users were stuck with 4K, even though content was available in 8K on the platform. To correct the situation, Google has just launched the deployment of the 2.12.08 update of the YouTube application for Android TV, according to Android Police.
YouTube on Android TV supports Cast Connect
If you haven't invested in an 8K TV yet, you should still notice a difference thanks to downscaling. Concretely, the display of an 8K video on a 4K TV will be slightly better than that of a 4K video. That's not all, Google is also taking the opportunity to add support for Cast Connect. As is the case with a Chromecast HDMI Stick, you can stream YouTube content directly from your smartphone to your TV.
To be able to install the application update, you must have Android 10 for Android TV. According to Android Police, the roll out of the 2.12.08 YouTube application is progressive. Initially, Google will offer the firmware on a limited number of devices. In a second step, the update will be deployed on a large scale. To check if the update is already offered, just go to the Google Play Store in the section dedicated to already installed applications.