Like most streaming devices, the brand new Chromecast with Google TV turns any TV into a smart TV. It’s a dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and provides crystal clear video streaming in up to 4K HDR at up to 60 frames per second. It is capable of streaming all the popular content including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and more. With Dolby Vision, the Rs 6,399 one piece device delivers exceptional colours, contrast and brightness on a TV. It also supports HDMI pass-through of Dolby Audio content.
The latest version comes with Voice Remote, a first for Chromecast, putting the device on an equal footing with competitors. When testing the Chromecast with Google TV, I found it to be fast and responsive, and deliver excellent video quality.
What Google is trying to do with its new streamer is help people navigate entertainment options and get major local and global content in one convenient place. There’s a dedicated Google Assistant button on the remote that can help users find something to watch, answering everyday questions like “what’s the weather like?” Or play their favorite artist with their voice on YouTube Music. As with Google Assistant, there’s also an option to control smart home lights to set the mood. Among the new features, Google TV’s For You tab offers personalized watch suggestions based on a user’s subscription. Google TV’s Watchlist lets people bookmark movies and shows they want to save for later. Users can add to their watchlist from their phone or laptop, and it will automatically update on the TV.
Users will have access to thousands of apps and the ability to browse 400,000+ movies and TV shows they love—just to see results from Google Assistant to apps like Apple TV, Disney+ Hotstar, MX Player, Netflix, Prime Video Say. , Voot, YouTube, and Zee5, among others. Users can also get a YouTube Premium trial of up to three months with the device to enjoy their favorite videos and music for free.
Key highlights: I think Google’s updated streaming device is reasonably priced, has a simple setup (just plug, connect, and stream) and is capable of streaming all the popular content you want. The simple addition of a voice remote makes it even easier to use and operate.
Compact design, crystal clear video streaming
HDMI plugs directly into TV
Supports all wireless networks: Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)
Comes with voice remote packed with new features
Estimated street price: Rs 6,399