An update for the YouTube app is rolling out on Android TV boxes that provides 8K streaming support for a limited number of users.
Initially seen by Android Police, YouTube for Android TV version 2.12.08 includes support for 8K content, but is limited to those with Android TV boxes running Android 10 and above. However, the 8K content is not the only change in the update.
9to5Google notes that there were two changelogs with the update. The first included a mention of AV1 HDR content playback, improved network performance, and fixes for font issues and a black screen issue. The updated changelog removed some of them, most importantly AV1 playback support. Instead, it says the app includes’Cast Connect‘, which allows Android TV apps to handle content streaming when users stream content to their TV.
Along with that, the updated changelog lists support for a YouTube Music splash screen, specifies that 8K support is for Android 10 and above devices, notes that there is an improved resolution selection tool, and says the update fixes wrong date and time issues and various other issues.
While it’s unclear why the changelog was tweaked, one thing that is certain is the new 8K support, albeit limited. If you have a compatible Android TV device, 8K TV, and unlimited internet, 8K support is great news for you.