Tag: Chromecast

14
Oct
2020
Posted in gadget

Google Chromecast with Google TV review

Chromecast with Google TV

Google

The new $50 Chromecast with Google TV is Google’s first real rival to Roku and Amazon Fire TV. 

It brings a lot of features that never existed on a Chromecast before, such as a full remote and brand-new Google TV software that makes it easier to find movies and TV shows. And it ties into all sorts of services, such as Hulu, HBO Max, Netflix and Disney+.

Previously, the Chromecast let you play content on your computer, but you had to select content on your phone. Now it has a whole new software experience, which makes it feel a lot more like a Roku, an Amazon Fire TV or an Apple TV. It means Google might finally be able to take some market share away from leaders Amazon and Roku.

Here’s what you need to know about it.

What’s good about the Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV

Google

The new Chromecast is super simple to use. You just plug it in to your TV’s HDMI port — every modern TV has one — and turn it on.

The Google TV software has seven menu options at the top of the screen that are really straightforward: Search, For You, Live, Movies, Shows, Apps and Library. I like that the “For You” page pulls in movies and TV shows from subscriptions you pay for, such as Hulu or Netflix, and that you don’t have to open those apps to see what might be popular in any of them.

It also makes recommendations based on shows or movies you’ve watched. Best of all, it doesn’t have any ads, like Roku and Amazon do.

Chromecast with Google TV remote

Google

All of this is easy to navigate with the remote. There’s a button to search by

02
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Chromecast overhaul adds a 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. 


Google; screenshot by CNET

Google on Wednesday unveiled a new $50 (£60, AU$99) Chromecast streaming device, dubbed Chromecast with Google TV, in a revamp of its bare-bones TV dongle to better suit the streaming world’s dramatic changes in the four years since the $70 Chromecast Ultra came out. And this time, the latest iteration of Chromecast adds both a remote control and a tailor-made interface called Google TV. 

The new Chromecast was immediately available to buy in the US when Google announced it, and it is still in stock with a few retailers including Google’s online store and at other retailers like Best Buy. By Friday morning, the new Chromecast appeared to backordered at Home Depot, out of stock at Target and sold out at Walmart. A promotional deal in Google’s online store, which bundled the new Chromecast with six months of Netflix’s $13-a-month plan for a total of $90 (for savings of $38), also sold out within a day. The new device will be available Oct. 15 in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK, and people in those countries can preorder the device now. 

Like its predecessor, Chromecast Ultra, it supports 4K resolution and HDR and Dolby Vision image quality. But by adding the 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

01
Oct
2020
Posted in gadget

Gadget Watch: Chromecast with Google TV

Gadget Watch: Chromecast with Google TV

 

There’s also voice control, if you press the Google Assistant button on the new remote.

Basically, you can ‘Cast’ the content from compatible Android and iOS apps directly from your phone, laptop, or tablet on to your TV. And you can also mirror your Chrome browser tab, too.

Google has updated Chromecast a couple of times before, and this latest version sees the addition of a GUI bringing in Google TV, with stronger visuals and more viewing options. It is running Android TV as the OS.

The new version will also present personal recommendations based on what you’ve watched and what could interest you – Google has knowledge of your behaviours and choices, of course – from across your subscriptions and the content available to you. And if you’re stuck to identify a show’s title or content, you can get Google to search for it – search is newly integrated.

Chromecast with Google TV now has two components. As wells as the Chromecast unit itself, which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, there is also a Voice Remote (running on 2 x AAA batteries). A power cable and adopter for the Chromecast is supplied.

Two services are privileged on the Voice Remote: YouTube and Netflix have dedicated buttons.

Chromecast Specs

It requires a TV with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 1.3 or higher built in, and HDCP 2.2 is required to support 4K content. Most televisions that are five years old or newer and have HDMI ports will have at least one port that supports HDCP 2.2, says Google.

Video formats supported include Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDR10+. Audio formats supported include Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Atmos (pass-through).

For 4K content, you will also need an Internet connection supporting at least 20 Mbps, it adds.

The device

01
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Chromecast revamps itself 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. 


Google; screenshot by CNET

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. And this time, the latest iteration of Chromecast adds both a remote control and a tailor-made interface called Google TV. 

The new Chromecast was immediately available to buy in the US when Google announced it, including in Google’s online store and at other retailers like Best Buy. By Thursday morning, it appears to sold out at Walmart. A deal in Google’s online store, which bundled the new Chromecast with six months of Netflix’s $13-a-month plan for a total of $90 (for savings of $38), is also out of stock. It will be available Oct. 15 in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the U.K., and people in those countries can preorder the device now. 

Like its predecessor, Chromecast Ultra, it supports 4K resolution and HDR and Dolby Vision image quality. But by adding the remote and its own on-screen system to navigate streaming apps, Google is reimagining Chromecast for a dramatically 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

01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Chromecast with Google TV vs the “old” Chromecast series

Google Chromecast with Google TV on table straight down

In 2013, Google launched the first version of its Chromecast TV dongle. It was designed to cast smartphone apps, including video streaming apps, to big-screen televisions. Seven years later, the market for streaming TV apps has changed, and Google is changing with it. Today, it officially announced Chromecast with Google TV.

So what are the similarities and the differences of Chromecast with Google TV vs Chromecast? Good question.  As you will see, the original Chromecast is still very useful. However, the new Chromecast with Google TV offers a lot more, and it’s not that much more expensive.

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Chromecast with Google TV vs Chromecast: Features

Third-gen Chromecast

Back in 2013, smart televisions were still something of a novelty. The first Chromecast allowed TV owners to quickly turn it into a smart television, and inexpensively. If you had a smartphone, and your apps supported Chromecast, you could connect the dongle to your TV’s HMDI port. Then you could cast and watch movies, play games, and more from your phone to your TV.

Later versions of Chromecast did basically the same thing as the original. However, the current third-generation Chromecast streamed smartphone content at 1080p resolution. The more expensive Chromecast Ultra. which launched in 2016, increased the streaming resolution to 4K. It also added support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision video formats and an Ethernet port. It also allowed users to stream high-end PC and console games to their TV via the Google Stadia service.

Google Chromecast with Google TV on table style photo

The new Chromecast with Google TV is a very different device. While it can still cast smartphone apps to your TV, it has Android TV built-in as well. That means you can watch streaming TV and apps directly, with no smartphone required. It comes with its own hardware remote for controlling those apps. It