Chromecast with Google TV does more than provide a streaming stick and remote. Google’s new home entertainment device is one of the most popular streaming devices. It features a smart interface, almost every streaming service, and Google Assistant at your fingertips. There are many new Android TV updates that should be strong competitors to Roku and Apple TV. Another great feature of Android TV is the possibility to use your smartphone as a remote control.
Although the Chromecast with Google TV costs about the same as the Roku or Amazon Fire TV Sticks, this Chromecast With Google TV Review explains that it is the unique features only Google can offer that make this the best smart streaming device.
This is the kind of thing that makes us excited about a less expensive version. It might have just passed FCC testing.
Google TV Chromecast: Prices and availability
The Chromecast with Google TV is $49.99 in most cases, but it’s currently on sale at the Google Store for $39.99 (opens new tab). You can also purchase it at major retailers such as Best Buy. You don’t need a Chromecast to plug into the TV. So you can cast to your TV with a Chromecast, we’ve ranked the top TVs.
If you do end up getting one, this is the first thing that every Chromecast owner with Google TV should.
Also, keep in mind that the new Chromecast with Google TV may be available later in the year.
Chromecast with Google TV Design
The Chromecast with Google TV plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and is controlled by remote control. How does it compare to the remote-free Chromecast version? Take a look at our Chromecast vs Google TV face-off.
It will comfortably fit in your palm and looks great for skipping across lakes.
Although Chromecast is a simple, well-established device, we have a complete “ What is Google Chromecast?” guide that will answer all your questions.
One end has an HDMI output and the other end has USB-C. The cable and plug are included because the Chromecast with Google TV requires more power than the HDMI port on your TV.
The remote that came with the device is roughly the same size as the Roku remote. The Google TV remote, like the Roku, is curved at both the top and bottom. It also has a rounded back, but it isn’t quite as sharp. The Google TV remote is single-colored, except for the Google Assistant button, although it’s not as minimalistic as the Apple TV remote.
Check out this Roku streaming stick 4K vs. Chromecast face-off to see how the Chromecast stacks up against the Roku.
The top of the d-pad is a circular one; below are eight buttons: Back and Google Assistant, Home Mute, YouTube and Netflix, Power, and Input. Two small volume control buttons are located on the right.
Google sent me the Sky color. The dongle is grayish-blue, and the remote is gray with light green Google Assistant buttons. While the Snow model comes with a white remote and dongle (with a black assistant button), Sunrise has a pink remote and dongle. The choice of remote color is up to you since the dongle will likely be hidden from view.
You can connect Chromecast to Ethernet, just like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K; Google will soon have an adapter for power and Ethernet available. To see how they compare, check out the Chromecast With Google TV vs. Fire TV Stick 4K comparison.
Google TV Interface: Chromecast with Google TV
The interface for Google TV isn’t particularly revolutionary, but it works. The top tabs are for Search, Movies, Shows, Apps, and Library, and the thumbnails below are for content relevant to that menu.
Subscribe to YouTube TV and a Live tab will be displayed in the top menu. This tab will show you current shows on YouTube TV.
The sub-categories include Top Choices for You, Trending on Google and Recommended Videos, based on what you’ve seen on YouTube.
The Library tab displays content that you have purchased or rented from Google as well as DVR content from YouTubeTV.
Long-press a thumbnail to view the streaming services, save it to a Watchlist and rate it.
Given that my viewing preferences are very different from my wife’s, I love the fact you can add multiple Google accounts. She won’t see the Fast & Furious series on her screen, and I won’t be able to get Gilmore Girls recommendations.
However, individual user profiles will not be available on the device until next year.
There’s a Chromecast problem with Google TV that is annoying one our editors. The Currently Watching List has some bugs to fix.
Chromecast with Google TV: Streaming services
There are many streaming services available: Chromecast with Google TV offers YouTube, YouTube TV and Amazon Prime Video.
Add one more: Chromecast will be integrating the Apple TV app with Google TV in early 2021. Google TV may now get 50 live TV channels.
You can install apps and services directly from your device. Or, you can go to Google Play on the phone and remotely transmit new software to Google TV.
The device can stream content in resolutions of up to 4K/60 frames per second and supports HDR10+, HDR10+, and. Recently, it also gained support for DolbyVision. It supports Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos audio.
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Chromecast with Google TV Performance
I was impressed with the speed and responsiveness of the Chromecast when it was connected to Google TV. It also delivered great video quality. It connected wirelessly to a Netgear Orbi satellite about five feet away. Then it was plugged into a Vizio 60-C3 4K HDTV.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was streaming from Disney Plus and YouTube. The details and colors were amazing. The stream was in HD in almost all cases. In the rare occasions it did not, it resolved itself within minutes.
However, it did crash once when I exited Disney Plus to return back to the Google home screen.
Google TV Chromecast: Search
Without search, what Google device is complete? The Google Assistant button on your remote allows you to search for TV shows and movies by name, actor, and genre. You can also use Google search engine to find general queries. To see the other major Android TV streamer, check out our TiVo streaming 4K review.
Google Assistant returned a list of all the pizza joints in my area when I asked it to. The same Google card opens when you select one of these options as when you search on Google Maps. You can’t see the menu or look up directions. Or select the number to call the establishment. The Assistant will provide directions by showing you the TV and sending you directions.
Even though it’s imperfect, Google’s search was better than Alexa on the Amazon Fire TV Box; although that device pulled up a list of pizzerias, its directions could not be sent to my iPhone.
Chromecast with Google TV Smart Home Features
You can ask Google Assistant for a feed from your Nest Hello security camera or Nest Camera. This is a list of a few cameras that are compatible with Chromecast. Not all may work right away with Chromecast with Google TV. I was able to stream a feed from my Wyze Camera to YouTube.
This feature is identical to what Amazon offers on its Fire TV devices. It’s not surprising that Ring and Blink, which are owned by Amazon, don’t work well with Chromecast with Google TV.
To control other smart home devices such as smart lights or thermostats, you can also use Google Assistant on Chromecast with Google TV. It’s great for turning on or off things by command but I find Alexa’s Routines to be a better smart home assistant.
Verdict: Chromecast with Google TV
Although there is a minimalist appeal to using your phone to beam content onto your TV, I can see many people abandoning their Chromecast devices to use the remote with Google TV.
This Chromecast with Google TV review reveals that this device offers a few benefits over other streaming sticks. The device comes with Google Assistant, which uses the power of Google’s search engine. It’s also a Chromecast-compatible device that allows you to beam almost any content to your TV.
It is amazing that Google took so long to create a device such as this. Hopefully, however, the Continue Watching row can be fixed soon.