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Chromecast revamps dongle with remote, Google TV software for $50

Google unveiled a new Chromecast streaming device

Google unveiled a new Chromecast streaming device Wednesday, an update to its $30 dongle released in 2018 and the higher-end $70 Chromecast Ultra released in 2016. 

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Google unveiled a new $50 (£60, AU$99) Chromecast streaming device Wednesday, dubbed Chromecast with Google TV, in a revamp of its bare-bones TV dongle to better suit the streaming world’s radical changes in the four years since its $70 Chromecast Ultra came out. 

The new Chromecast is already available to buy in the US, including in Google’s online store and at other retailers, and it’s going to widen to more countries before the end of the year — though specific release dates weren’t clear. It adds both a remote control and a tailor-made interface called Google TV. And like its predecessor, Chromecast Ultra, it supports 4K resolution and Dolby Vision HDR. 

But by adding a remote and its own on-screen system to navigate streaming apps, Google is reimagining Chromecast for a radically different streaming age — and trimming $20 off the price.  

“Now there is so much content to choose from, whether it’s movies, shows, live TV, YouTube. And it’s across hundreds of content providers. It can actually take longer to choose something to watch than to watch the content itself,” Shalini Govil-Pai, general manager of Google TV, said Wednesday during Google’s hardware event Wednesday. “There is so much wonderful content out there, and we want to help you find it easily.”

Chromecast with Google TV was officially unveiled at Google’s virtual event, which also unveiled its Pixel 5 phone and a Nest Audio smart speaker, but tons of details about Chromecast had already been reported because the device itself