Google right now introduced a brand new Chromecast at its livestreamed ‘Launch Evening In’ occasion, however it isn’t the smartphone-controlled Chromecast that most individuals are used to. No, the $50 Chromecast with Google TV is a fully-fledged streaming machine with a correct menu system, a distant management, and an interface that brings your entire streaming companies collectively.
Google’s new Chromecast runs on the Android TV working system, which ought to really feel acquainted to NVIDIA Protect TV or Xiaomi Mi Field S customers. Android TV is a straightforward interface that permits you to obtain apps and video games from the Google Play Retailer. It’s appropriate with most streaming companies, and it integrates completely with Google Assistant for voice navigation or good residence controls. Android TV additionally helps casting out of your telephone or laptop computer—so don’t let anyone inform you that this new factor is only a Chromecast by title!
Nonetheless, Google is placing a customized spin on its Chromecast with Google TV interface. As a substitute of the standard Android TV homescreen, which holds rows of organizable apps and video games, Google populates the customized “Google TV” homescreen with aggregated content material from all of the streaming companies you’re subscribed to.
In different phrases, Google TV is a one-stop-shop for all of your streaming wants. You don’t have to dig by way of the Hulu and Netflix apps simply to discover a present—merely take a look at your Google TV homescreen, use the common search perform, or examine your common watch record. Google TV additionally has a customized “For You” part stuffed with beneficial content material throughout companies, and the choice to combination reveals by style or content material.
The brand new Google TV distant is available in three colours and sports activities a minimalist design. It has devoted buttons for Google Assistant, YouTube, and Netflix. And as a substitute of utilizing boring arrow keys, the Google TV distant has an iPod-styled dial that permits you to shortly navigate reveals, motion pictures, and on-screen keyboards.
Some Google followers and journalists obtained their fingers on the Chromecast with Google TV early. Their most important grievance is which you can’t ditch the aggregated Google TV homescreen for the common, hyper-customizable Android TV homescreen. Google additionally says that its Stadia sport streaming software program isn’t coming to Google TV until 2021, which is odd contemplating that Chris Wlech at The Verge managed to efficiently sideload the Stadia Android app onto his new Chromecast on September twenty ninth (a day earlier than the official Google TV announcement).
Both means, Chromecast with Google TV is the following logical step for the Chromecast model. Google needs to supply an all-in-one platform for streaming, listening to music, controlling your good residence, and taking part in Stadia. For many individuals, the remote-controlled Chromecast with Google TV is extra accessible than the essential phone-controlled system. At $50, it’s $20 cheaper than the 4K Chromecast Extremely, and Google is providing a restricted $90 Google TV bundle that comes with half a yr of Netflix.