Google’s release of the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) gadget, which delivers functionality from the $50 4K model at a substantially lower price of $30, confirms rumours. It differs from the $35 original Chromecast in that it includes a remote control, however it can still be operated via a smartphone. The term itself has another important feature: a reduced 1080p resolution with HDR capability.
The new gadget has an oval shape, a short HDMI cable, and a USB-C interface, and it practically looks identical to the 4K predecessor. The same major streaming providers are included, including Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Prime Video, YouTube, and more. Additionally, it supports Stadia games, and you may mirror your Chrome browser tabs or cast compatible Android and iOS apps.
The Google Assistant button on the remote can be used to change the channel, ask questions, or operate linked smart home appliances. Additionally, it may be connected to Nest speakers to play music from Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube Music in many rooms across the house.
There have been no updates on the device’s purported ability to decode high-quality, low-bandwidth AV1 files (the 4K variant doesn’t currently handle that). Budget-conscious shoppers are sure to be drawn to it, although many of them had hoped for a quicker 4K model with greater storage. Google TV (HD) and Chromecast are now both $30.