19 January 2017
Google reportedly has plans of partnering with various TV manufacturers for making TVs with native support for Chromecast and Google Cast feature. The report is coming from Variety citing a number of people familiar with the matter as the source. It mentions that Vizio might be the first TV maker to partner with Google on the plan.
The TVs with native Google Cast support will not be like the smart TVs. It means there will be no apps and app store, instead, they will simply provide the ability to cast the content streaming on the phone to TV. This will help users to experience their favorite media contents on a bigger screen without spending too much on a smart TV.
The report further mentions that Vizio has plans of shipping an Android tablet which will work as a digital remote control. It will have apps for streaming content and browsing TV program guide with recommendations. The sources said that Vizio might ship the tablet for free with a few TV sets without even any traditional remote control. However, they did mention that plans could change with time.
Google's decision to come with TVs with native support for Google Cast seems to make sense as its previous attempts with Google TV and Android TV have failed. Its Chromecast device did see success and demand among customers as it is not only cheap but also does the job perfectly.