The rumors are true: Google has introduced a new, more affordable version of its Chromecast devices, but it comes at the expense of a few features found in previous versions.
This new HD Chromecast (opens in a new tab) is basically a four-inch HDR streaming solution with several Dolby video formats.
The new device appears to be identical to the previous version, as all changes are interne.
The HD Chromecast allows you to stream content in 1080p (1920x1080 pixels) resolution at 60FPS. Dolby Vision, a HDR format that provides brighter colors and deep blacks, is still available. Memory also saw a decrease as the HD Chromecast has 1.5GB of RAM compared to the 2GB of RAM found on the 4K version.
The Dolby audio features (opens in a new tab) are still present in the HD Chromecast. Dolby Digital, Digital Plus, and the Atmos, for those who don''t, are compression technologies that enable the device to produce high-quality audio without losing fidelity. Dolby Atmos, on the other hand, is a format that uses HDMI input to provide you with the appropriate equipment.
The HD Chromecast package is split over the dongle itself, and you may plug it directly into a television via the HDMI cable and a remote.
The 4K model features a similar navigation circle, as well as several dedicated buttons for opening YouTube, Netflix, and accessing the Google Assistant. According to Google, the remote also has a voice control for giving the Assistant a command. You may even, according to Google, check the video feed from a Nest Doorbell device via the HD Chromecast.
The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) (opens in a new tab) is now available from the company store, but only in Snow White. However, Australians will have to pay a little extra. The device costs $59 AUD, which is $440 USD in Australia.
Renovating Google TV
The HD Chromecast has come to an interesting time as Google updates its Google TV service.
Back in August 22, the company admitted that its service was not receiving the best possible performance and has been working to improve it since. A recent update brought improved storage management and a performance boost. Google TV has over 10,000 apps on it.
There are also concerns about Google TV getting an additional 50 channels of live television with the need for an additional subscription. Considering how the HD Chromecast started as a rumor and the freshfound desire, the 50 channels might become a reality.
In a market in which 4K televisions are rapidly becoming the standard, what should be seen for those looking for a streaming offer, however, it might be the ticket.