16 October 2020
Google has officially introduced Chromecast with Google TV at its annual product launch event. It is the same event where we saw the unveiling of Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G smartphones. The new Chromecast device is similar to the previous generation but with a slight difference in the design and features. The unique thing is that it is the first Google dongle to come with remote control.
The all-new Chromecast with Google TV features a minimal design with color schemes expected to match with your decor. There are three color options Blue, Pink, and White which are officially named Sky, Sunrise, and Snow respectively. The new dongle is capable of streaming in up to 4K resolution at 60fps with support for HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.
The bundled remote is also very compact in size and comfortable to grip. There is a D-pad at the top for navigation purposes followed by a bunch of dedicated buttons. These include buttons for Google Assistant, Netflix, YouTube, Home, Volume mute, power on/off, and Back. The color of the remote will be the same as the Chromecast color that you will choose.
As for Google TV, it is simply a new interface skin that runs over the native Android TV. This new UI from Google prioritizes media consumption over other apps and games. It is similar to Amazon's Fire TV UI as it intends to help users discover what to watch and through what streaming app. There will be recommendations based on genres as well as the user's personal usage habits.
The Chromecast with Google TV is priced at $49.99 in the United States with pre-orders already underway. The users from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the U.K can also preorder the dongle but the shipping will start from October 15th.