Alongside the launch of the Pixel 5, right this moment Google is making main modifications to its TV technique and merging its merchandise, Chromecast and Android TV, right into a single system. Oh, it is also altering the identify of Android TV. Meet the redundantly named “Google Chromecast with Google TV” a Chromecast that, as a substitute of being only a streaming endpoint you management with a cellphone, runs Android and comes with a distant.
The brand new HDMI dongle is $49.99, and it appears like a substitute for the Chromecast Extremely, because it helps 4K and HDR10. Google did not formally launch specs but, however since that is already on the market in some shops, we all know the specs. It is powered by an Amlogic S905X2 SoC, which has 4 1.8GHz Cortez A53 cores and a Mali-G31MP2 GPU. There’s additionally 2GB of RAM, a measly 4.4GB of person storage (there’s most likely 8GB complete), 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.1.
Since this can be a low-power streaming system with virtually no storage, you’ll assume taking part in video games on Google Stadia could be a serious a part of the gross sales pitch, however Google did not point out the streaming service as soon as through the reside occasion. The Stadia Twitter account tweeted that help could be coming within the first half of 2021.
The distant encompasses a microphone for sending voice instructions to the Google Assistant, a spherical, five-way D-Pad, a quantity rocker, and eight face buttons for issues just like the Google Assistant, navigation, and devoted “YouTube” and “Netflix” buttons.
What’s in a reputation?
Android TV is now not Android TV and has been renamed to “Google TV.” This isn’t to be confused with the unique Google TV that launched in 2010 as Google’s first swing at a sensible TV system. The unique Google TV was primarily based on Android and had loopy necessities like a full QWERTY distant.Google threw out the entire Google TV codebase and began over with Android TV in 2014. So yeah, we began with the outdated “Google TV,” then switched to “Android TV,” and now we’re again to “Google TV” once more.
New Google TV remains to be the Android TV codebase, however there are a number of modifications within the new Chromecast. As a substitute of siloing content material into apps like Netflix and Disney+, the brand new Google TV house display screen aggregates content material right into a single interface. You may get scrolling rows of TV reveals, motion pictures, and extra, as a substitute of getting to dig via apps. There’s additionally a “watchlist” the place you’ll be able to queue up what you need to watch from a number of gadgets.
The Google TV with Chromecast is out there right this moment in the US, and Google says it is “coming to extra nations later this yr.”
Growing. The Google occasion remains to be ongoing, so verify again for updates!
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Supply from arstechnica.com