Chromecast with Google TV specifications, features
The Chromecast with Google TV runs on the new Google TV platform – which is the new branding for the Android TV platform and should not be confused with the original Google TV device.
There is a USB Type-C power adapter on the dongle and the remote takes two AAA batteries. It supports 4K HDR at up to 60fps, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Vision, DTSX, HDR10+, and h.265 streams. The Chromecast with Google TV has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity, apart from Bluetooth. It weighs 55 grams, while the remote – that features an accelerometer and microphone – weighs 63 grams.
The remote for the Chromecast with Google TV comes with shortcuts for YouTube and Netflix, along with a mute button, home button, back button, Google Assistant button, and a 4-way d-pad for navigation. It has CEC feature which means the volume of the TV can be controlled with the remote. There is no IR transmitter in the remote. You can do a voice search by holding down the Google Assistant button and the universal search shows results from all major streaming services.
You can also choose to save a number of streaming services to your Google account from the Chromecast with Google TV so that you can get better recommendations across Google.
Being an Android TV dongle, it comes with support for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, and more, out of the box. In terms of aesthetics, the new Chromecast with Google TV has a more elongated design compared to the circular shape of the previous generation Chromecast.
Google TV debuts on the new Chromecast, and is an upgrade on the company’s Android TV interface. Google is touting features like personalised For You recommendations from across different subscriptions, as well as the ability to create a Watch List to which you can add movies and shows from anywhere on your phone or laptop via Google Search.
Google also notes YouTube TV (where available) on the new platform will provide unlimited DVR features. Another Google TV feature is Ambient Mode, which works as a digital digital photo frame, and can even tie in with Nest cameras and doorbells.