Google announced a new Chromecast today at its “Launch Night In”
Google’s new Chromecast runs on the Android TV operating system, which NVIDIA Shield TV or Xiaomi Mi Box S users should be familiar with. Android TV is a simple interface that allows you to download apps and games from the Google Play Store. It’s compatible with most streaming services and integrates perfectly with the Google Assistant for voice navigation or smart home control. Android TV supports casting from your phone or laptop too – so don’t let anyone tell you this new thing is just a Chromecast with a name!
Still, Google gives its Chromecast with Google TV interface a custom twist. Instead of the usual Android TV home screen, which contains a number of apps and games that can be organized, Google fills the custom Google TV home screen with aggregated content from all streaming services you have subscribed to.
In other words, Google TV is a single point of contact for all of your streaming needs. You don’t just have to search the Hulu and Netflix apps to find a show. Just look at your Google TV home screen, use the universal search function, or check your universal watchlist. Google TV also has a custom “For You” section with recommended content for all services, plus the option to aggregate shows by genre or content.
The new Google TV remote control is available in three colors and has a minimalist design. It has dedicated buttons for the Google Assistant, YouTube, and Netflix. Rather than using boring arrow keys, the Google TV remote has an iPod dial that lets you quickly navigate through shows, movies, and on-screen keyboards.
Some Google fans and journalists got their hands on the Chromecast early on with Google TV. Your main complaint is that you can’t drop the aggregated Google TV homescreen for the regular, hyper-customizable Android TV homescreen. Google also says its Stadia game streaming software won’t come to Google TV until 2021, which is strange considering that Chris Wlech is on The edge He managed to successfully load the Stadia Android app onto his new Chromecast on September 29th (a day before Google TV was officially announced).
Either way, Chromecast with Google TV is the next logical step for the Chromecast brand. Google wants to provide an all-in-one platform for streaming, listening to music, controlling your smart home and playing Stadia. For many people, the remote-controlled Chromecast with Google TV is more accessible than the basic phone-controlled system. At $ 50, it’s $ 20 cheaper than the 4K Chromecast Ultra, and Google is offering a limited-edition Google TV package for $ 90 that comes with half a year of Netflix.