All indications level to Google asserting its most unusual Chromecast in the center of the following day’s hardware occasion. And I managed to fetch one the day before as we bid even sooner than the “official” unveiling. So I will now verify that, because the rumors and leaks enjoy made determined over the final few weeks, this isn’t the Chromecast that the majority patrons are familiar with.
As an different of a no-frills TV dongle that performs reveal sent over from the apps for your phone or laptop, the unique Chromecast in a roundabout contrivance has a compatible menu draw and acquainted client interface — and now it comes with an accurate remote purchase watch over.
It’s a Chromecast in title, however Google’s most unusual streaming instrument is in overall powered by Android TV, which extra carefully resembles a Roku or Amazon Fireplace TV in the fashion you exhaust it. Apps love Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and loads others can also also be downloaded onto the Chromecast itself. You may perhaps perhaps browse them with the remote and begin playing something with out having to solid it from one more instrument. It’s all very intuitive and uncomplicated to exhaust.
But whereas Android TV is the foundation of the unique Chromecast, the entire experience feels very unique. Due to unlike TVs from Sony and salvage 22 situation-high boxes from Nvidia and diversified brands that disappear the worn model of Android TV, Google has created a brand unique “Google TV” layer atop the working draw that fully replaces the feeble dwelling disguise experience.
As an different of letting you customise the dwelling disguise (Android TV presents some apps love Netflix and YouTube their very maintain dedicated rows you may perhaps additionally transfer round or earn rid of), Google TV is all about aggregation. It brings collectively reveal from the entire streaming providers you’re subscribed to and lists all of them side by side in Netflix-love rows of solutions.
There are dedicated tabs for movies and TV reveals (alongside with a personalized “For You” part that mixes them collectively), however Google is clearly attempting to ruin down the partitions between streaming platforms. It’s the same teach Apple has tried with the Apple TV app. In the screenshot above, mutter how in the energetic row, Google TV reveals artwork for every level to — however almost puts extra significance on making it determined what service they’re all coming from.
You may perhaps perhaps toggle which apps you pay for, and which you don’t, to impress what reveal Google pushes on you. But even then, often you’ll explore items from HBO Max no topic whether or now not the service is unchecked. If a recommendation is from an app you’re now not for the time being subscribed to (or if a apartment or fetch is required to conception it), you’ll explore a runt lock icon next to that title as a visual cue that it’ll take extra than a pair clicks to initiate streaming; you’re gonna wish to pay something.
So sure, the dwelling disguise has considered a dramatic overhaul, however there’s serene quite a lot of Android TV here. You may perhaps perhaps manufacture dispute searches by retaining down the Google Assistant button on the remote and speaking. The customary search brings support outcomes from the entire tall streaming providers, and here you’ll helpfully serene explore these dedicated rows for apps love Netflix. As sooner than, Google Assistant can purchase watch over your trim dwelling objects or test the climate.
Whereas you may perhaps additionally salvage an app on Android TV, you may perhaps additionally salvage it onto the unique Chromecast. It remains doable to sideload machine (I appropriate successfully did that with Stadia), and vitality customers serene enjoy the freedom to futz with developer alternate choices and explore how a ways they’ll push Google’s unique $50 dongle. But there’s no manner to totally disable Google TV and earn support the customary Android TV experience, as a minimal now not one I will also earn. And sure, you’re serene very powerful in a position to solid movies, reveals, and audio from diversified devices to the Chromecast. So it retains that core segment of the charm from its predecessors.
I’ll enjoy powerful extra to claim in regards to the unique Chromecast with Google TV very soon. But there’s been quite a lot of confusion over appropriate what exactly this teach is and what it does. It’s a Chromecast that undoubtedly runs Android TV, with an all-unique “Google TV” machine interface that’s weird to this instrument, as a minimal for now.