Alongside the launch of the Pixel 5, as we speak Google is making main adjustments to its TV technique and merging its merchandise, Chromecast and Android TV, right into a single gadget. Oh, it is also altering the title 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 it is a low-power streaming gadget with virtually no storage, you’d suppose taking part in video games on Google Stadia can be a significant a part of the gross sales pitch, however Google did not point out the streaming service as soon as throughout the dwell occasion. The Stadia Twitter account tweeted that assist can be coming within the first half of 2021.

The distant contains 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 gadget. 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 previous “Google TV,” then switched to “Android TV,” and now we’re again to “Google TV” once more.

New Google TV continues to be the Android TV codebase, however there are just a few adjustments within the new Chromecast. As a substitute of siloing content material into apps like Netflix and Disney+, the brand new Google TV house display aggregates content material right into a single interface. You will get scrolling rows of TV exhibits, motion pictures, and extra, as a substitute of getting to dig by way of apps. There’s additionally a “watchlist” the place you possibly can queue up what you need to watch from a number of gadgets.

The Google TV with Chromecast is on the market as we speak in the USA, and Google says it is “coming to extra international locations later this yr.”

Creating. The Google occasion continues to be ongoing, so verify again for updates!

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