Google Launches New Chromecast Powered by Google TV

Posted on September 30, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Google, Android with 16 Comments

Since the beginning of 2020, we have been talking about a Google Chromecast device. In June, we got to know more about the new Chromecast device. And today, Google is making things official.

The company just introduced a new, entry-level Chromecast that cost $49.99. There is a lot of major improvements here, mainly the new Google TV experience that’s shipping with the new Chromecast.

Google TV seems to be the new name for Android TV, and it introduces a new design for the Android TV interface. But more importantly, the new Chromecast also comes with a dedicated remote. The dedicated remote includes buttons for things like Google Assistant, as well as YouTube and Netflix.

With Google TV on the new Chromecast, you will be able to access all supported apps, including things like Prime Video, Spotify, Disney+, etc. The device is also 4K and HDR compatible and supports multi-user accounts. The new Google TV interface brings content from Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and other streaming services together — so you will no longer need to go into these individual apps to see all the different shows/movies you are watching. The new Google TV experience will be coming to other, third-party devices too.

It doesn’t officially support Google Stadia, but that probably won’t matter to most people buying this thing.

The new Chromecast is a big deal for one main reason: you no longer need to use your phone to be able to use the entry-level Chromecast. Because it is now powered by its own OS, you don’t need anything else. You can simply just browse and watch things on it without needing a phone.

The new device is going on sale today for $49.99 in the United States. It comes in three different finishes: Snow, Sky, and Sunrise. Coming to more countries later this year.

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Google Launches New Chromecast Powered by Google TV”

  1. SvenJ

    I do wish it had a marginally usable touch pad like my Apple TV remote ;)

  2. chrishilton1

    Are you back Mehedi?

  3. christianwilson

    "It doesn’t officially support Google Stadia"

    That sounds like a "left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing" situation or it shows a lack of dedication by Google on Stadia.

    As far as the rest of this news, I like this device. I'm a fan of the original Chromecast concept, but my wife and other common visitors to our house could never quite get comfortable with it. We settled on Fire TV (and TiVo to some degree) and have been happy with it ever since.

  4. mattbg

    They said US only for now, but I was able to pre-order one in Canada with a target delivery date of mid-Oct.

    For some reason, this seems like a great product to fill a gap for me, pretty much for the same reasons Google used to sell it in their event (which is to people whose once-smart TV's software is rotting and falling out of support). I guess you could send them to Roku, but this one has Chromecast in it.

    I have an LG TV with WebOS that has an Apple TV on it, a Sony TV running Android TV, and a non-smart Plasma TV that has a Chromecast and a Roku stick on it. It's on the wall, so no room for a box. I only got the Roku because I wanted a remote - I don't really like it. This will replace two things with one on that TV.

    I also know people whose elderly smart TV is degrading by the month as apps stop working properly and are no longer updated (remember that Netflix drops support for smart TVs once they are no longer capable of supporting the current technology stack).

    It'd be great if Apple would ship Apple TV and/or AirPlay 2 support for this once it hits the market. They have already done this on the above Sony running Android TV, suggesting the AirPlay implementation on Android/Google TV is a known entity.

  5. colin79666

    The Apple TV 4K looks even more expensive now. It will be interesting to see how this new device performs as many of the cheaper TV sticks have terrible lag, the Apple TV is expensive but does repay you with a fast interface unlike say the Amazon Fire sticks.

  6. mattbg

    Another interesting point about this: it can't be powered by a standard TV USB port like the original Chromecast can. There's no word on the power specs, but the basic expectation is that you plug it into the wall using a USB-C adapter that comes with it.

    Of course they don't show that power cable in the marketing photo :)

  7. cworeo

    How does this device compare with the AppleTV? It doesn’t seem to have any more features than the AppleTV except it’s much cheaper.

    • macguy59

      In reply to cworeo:
      As you said it's much cheaper and integrates with Google Home (required for setup) to allow audio to play on all of your Google Home speakers if you so desire. Very good bang for the buck but if you're heavily invested in iTunes content there isn't much point. I have one being delivered tomorrow that I intend to throw on the bedroom TV

  8. truerock2

    I tried to put a cheat sheet together for my family so they could find content on the devices in our house.

    I gave up after a couple of hours and never finished it. I figured I was about 10% completed.

    The remote-connection permutations were going to be impossible to document.