Today, Google is launching its newest Chromecast – the Chromecast with Google TV. This device includes a remote control, an interface powered by Google TV, and a new design. The Chromecast with Google TV is available for purchase today for $50.
The new Chromecast has a remote control with dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, YouTube, and Netflix. The remote also has a microphone for voice search. The device has an HDMI output and supports 4K HDR content.
Although it costs a little under the 4K variant, which sells for $35, you’ll have to give up certain features. However, HDR10 and HDR10+ are supported on the latest model.
The Chromecast with Google TV runs on Android TV and includes the Google TV interface. This interface includes a curated content row, which surfaces content from apps like Netflix and Disney+.
The Chromecast app also allows you to manage your Chromecast’s settings, such as the WIFI network it’s connected to and the device’s name.
The interface also has a “For You” section, which recommends content based on your viewing habits. You can also see which apps on your phone or tablet are compatible with the Chromecast.
Additionally, there are “glanceable cards,” a customized screensaver for Google TV that shows relevant data in ambient mode, which shows off certain Google Apps.
For instance, the Google Photos App will show off your personal photos, weather forecasts for your local area, suggested entertainment, and more.
How well an HD-only Chromecast does in a market where 4K TVs are rapidly becoming the standard remains to be seen. For those looking for a streaming bargain, though, it might be just the ticket.
The Chromecast with Google TV is available for purchase today from the Google Store, Best Buy, and other retailers.
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