Google's next Chromecast will cost $50, run Android TV version 10, support 4K HDR, and come with a refreshed user interface. Android TV may be rebranded as Google TV, or branch off.
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The next Chromecast, which has gone on sale for $50 in Walmart ahead of Google's official announcement, is confusingly named 'Chromecast with Google TV', despite running Android TV version 10.
You may recall that Google TV was Google's first TV platform. It flopped spectacularly. The company had more luck with Chromecast, an HDMI dongle with no TV user interface, and 'Android TV', which is the full TV platform found in Sony and Philips TVs, and boxes like Nvidia Shield.
The new name is interesting because if Android TV gets rebranded to Google TV, we are looking at the new user interface coming to all Android TV devices from Sony, Philips, TCL, Nvidia, Xiaomi etc. Or is it rather branching off? A custom user interface reserved for Google's new Chromecast? We expect to find very soon.
As for the new 'Chromecast with Google TV', a customer got his hands on the new device and shared his findings on reddit (username: fuzztub07). As you can see, it now has a full TV user interface unlike any previous Chromecast dongle. The dongle supports 4K HDR.
It gives access to apps like Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max from the Google Play TV store that also offers games although the device has only 4.4GB of free storage. Google Stadia, the company's game streaming service, was listed as "not compatible" but that does not rule out that Google will flip the switch once it officially launches the device.
Chromecast with Google TV comes with a small remote with a directional pads in addition to a few other buttons such as dedicated Netflix and YouTube buttons.
If there is anything left to say, we expect the official word to come from Google during its launch event on September 30.