The Chromecast with Google TV is having a follow-up two years after the original. The new Chromecast with Google TV HD is now available for sale globally for just $29.99 US / £34.99 UK. The new media device is identical to the older model which offers 4K video resolution and comes in various colours.
Chromecast and Google TV HD Key Features
- Watch all of your favourite content in up to 1080p HDR.
- White colour only.
- Up to 1080p HDR Resolution.
- Google TV.
- Voice remote with Google Assistant.
- Smart home control.
- Stadia compatibility.
Here’s the difference between the new and old Chromecast and Google TV. At first appearance, the Chromecast (HD) appears to be the same as the previous Chromecast with Google TV. What exactly is new? It has undergone few significant modifications.
First and foremost, there is the resolve. Chromecast with Google TV (HD) currently outputs at a maximum resolution of 19201080, making it unsuitable for 4K-capable TVs. The gadget currently supports HDR, but the clearer image provided by 4K is lost.
Another modification is the chip that powers this device. The Amlogic S805X2 processor powers this new, less expensive streamer. It supports the AV1 decoding codec, whereas the 4K model does not, although it limits video quality on a hardware level and may result in slightly less performance for apps and games. There’s still 8Gigabytes of storage and 1.5GB of RAM on board, which is a tiny decrease from the original gadget. The 8GB is pretty disappointing, especially because Google is supposedly pressing its collaborators to adopt a minimum of 16GB of storage.
Google will also launch this media streaming device with Android 12, an upgrade from Android 10 on the previous generation.
Outside of that, however, you get a fairly identical experience. The Chromecast (HD) uses the same remote and provides the very same Google TV experience. You’ll have numerous user profiles, a Kids profile, a cross-service watchlist, suggestions, and other features. Like any other Android TV operating system gadget, it has accessibility to over 10,000 apps in the Google Playstore, as well as compatibility for Chromecast apps and other features.
The remote has also the exact same appearance, literally down to the colour scheme batteries within the remote.
This updated Chromecast with Google TV (HD) supersedes Google’s previous Chromecast third Generation, which was released in 2018. That device didn’t have a remote or any built-in apps, rather relying on your smartphone to cast content. It’s also clear that this pricing point gives Google a competitive advantage against other devices from companies such as; Roku and Amazon Fire TV, the two most popular platforms in the US market.
Another purpose for this gadget, according to Google, is to make it more economical to update older TVs in your house. Rather than paying $50 to upgrade your bedroom’s little TV, which may not have 4K anyhow, you can now pay just $30. Google also promoted the gadget in a briefing as a suitable choice for updating TVs for family members or parents who may have outdated TVs.
Video: How to install and setup Chromecast with Google TV HD
Where and how to get Chromecast with Google TV?
Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is now available for $29.99 in the United States and 18 other countries including the UK where UK shoppers can get their hands on the new media streaming device for £34.99 from Argos, Very, Currys and other retailers.
It’s good to mention, that the new 2022 Chromecast with Google TV HD edition is only available in Snow White colour option. However, the 4K model comes in three colours and is more expensive.