Google appears to be preparing another upgrade for its Chromecast with Google TV dongle that will debut sometime in August, according to a support page.
When compared to Google’s Pixel series phones, which receive constant monthly updates, the Chromecast with Google TV, which runs an Android-based operating system, has received only a few security updates since its release in 2020. The platform instead experiences more significant changes as a result of app updates from the Play Store, with Chromecasts most recently obtaining video streaming from the most recent Nest camera generation.
The only Android security update for the Chromecast with Google TV so far in 2022 was in mid-July. Google started issuing official security bulletins tailored to Chromecast devices with that update, exactly like they do for Pixel phones.
Mishaal Rahman has noted on Twitter that a second bulletin has already been issued, marked as having the August 2022 security level. The page said that fresh security bulletins for the Chromecast with Google TV are published quarterly. The page expressly states that Chromecast devices begin receiving OTA updates the same month the bulletin is published, which is more important.
If we take that at face value, it implies that there will likely be another update for the Chromecast with Google TV sometime in August. Unfortunately, no information has been provided regarding the contents of this update or the security flaws it will address for Chromecast, as the bulletin link presently directs users to an error page.
It would be quite unexpected, on the one hand, if Google updated the Chromecast so swiftly once more. The August patch would be the next in line because it arrives exactly one quarter of a year after the May 2022 security level in last month’s version.
It’s probable that until the Pixel series receives its own version of that patch, we won’t learn anything more about this new upgrade for Chromecast with Google TV. The Android patch for August 2022 has not yet been released for the Pixel series, breaking with tradition and not doing so on the first Monday of the month.
Another scenario is that the second bulletin was unintentionally added. For instance, despite implementing the May patch, the bulletin for Chromecast with Google TV’s July update repeatedly mentions the February security level.
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