Google announces a new Chromecast with Google TV

Joanna Estrada
October 1, 2020

Chromecast with Google TV is a 4K media streamer that's available starting today for $50, and it replaces the Chromecast Ultra in Google's hardware lineup. You can still get one by purchasing an entire Stadia starter kit complete with Google's gaming controller for $US100 ($139), but if you just want to pick up the dongle itself you're out of luck. The platform would eventually be succeeded by "Android TV" until this day. It's now temporarily called "Google TV (previously Play Movies & TV)" and will be updated through and through over the next few weeks to include its full app redesign. The speaker also promises to automatically adapt the audio you're listening to, whether it be music, the news or an audiobook, for the best listening.

The new Google Chromecast with Google TV is now available in the USA for $49. The feature, which is already available on fellow Android devices like Samsung's flagship, lets users charge devices (such as the newish and very good Pixel Buds) using the device's on-board battery.

For some users who always open Netflix, Plex, YouTube, or any other app, and know what they'll watch and when, and who never need search or Assistant, this can be a much simpler and more straightforward experience.

Google TV brings along a new Live tab for TV service-type integrations, deeper Assistant integration, and some other changes. Moreover, we have Dolby Vision alongside Dolby Digital and Digital Plus with Dolby Atmos. You can add any TV show or movie across different streaming apps and services to a single Watchlist. When you're not watching videos, you can also ask the Google Assistant to search for new shows or even show you a feed from Nest security cams integrated into Google Home, the latter of which is nice if you have a more built-out smart home setup. That's a little more complicated. Finally along the bottom there's a power button and input switch button, which is important because the remote can be synced with your TV so you can control everything with a just the Chromecast's remote.

The Pixel 4a has been treating with an Android 11 OS update. And now, Google has confirmed that the Google TV interface will replace Android TV's UI in the future.

The remote is small and simply designed, and it has physical buttons at the top for navigation.

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