Chromecast with Google TV Overview Updated May 21, 2021

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The Chromecast has long been known as Google’s super-affordable streamer, but in 2021, it was revamped with a remote, new hardware, and an Android-based operating system with native apps. Here’s everything you need to know about Chromecast with Google TV.

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Google’s Chromecast is a household name for streaming devices, thanks to affordable hardware and a simple control method. However, in 2020, Google revamped that story completely by introducing the new Chromecast with Google TV.

Unlike past Chromecasts that were only controlled by a smartphone, Chromecast with Google TV runs an Android-based operating system with support for thousands of apps and is controlled by a physical remote control. Supported apps include Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, and many others.

That new remote has the typical navigation buttons as well as dedicated keys for Netflix and YouTube. It also has an IR blaster that can be set to connect to your TV and soundbar, complete with power, volume, and input controls. The Chromecast and its remote also come in three colors, complete with batteries to match. Both the Chromecast and its remote are built in part from recycled materials as well.

Google TV also allows the new Chromecast to use its homescreen to aggregate content from all of your favorite streaming services in a single place. A watchlist makes it easy to remember what shows and movies you wanted to check out, too. In May, 2021, Google rolled out a notable update that brought all of these features to Spanish speakers in the United States.

The Google TV homescreen

Being an Android-based device, the new Chromecast can do a lot more than older models and some of its competitors, like Roku. You can sideload apps (at your own risk), enabling services like Zoom and even Google Stadia ahead of the official debut. You can also hook up USB devices if you have the right hardware, enabling apps like Google Duo to use a webcam, or an Ethernet adapter to improve your speeds. Really, there are a ton of possibilities with Android!

Where to buy Chromecast with Google TV

The new Chromecast is sold in three colors — Snow, Sky, and Sunrise. All three come with a color-matched remote, support 4K HDR output, and costs just $50.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories May 7

In a rather curious turn of events, Amazon has put what looks to be the existing Chromecast with Google TV up for pre-order with an availability date of next week.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories May 6

It’s been almost two years since Google revealed its updated take on Android TV – and its first streamer with a remote. The Chromecast with Google TV ushered in a new era for the company’s streaming endeavors, but as we continue to move forward, time hasn’t been particularly kind to the Chromecast, and we’re itching to see what’s next for Google’s vision.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories January 24

The $50 Chromecast with Google TV was a great launch vehicle for Google’s latest attempt at offering a streaming platform, but as it enters 2022, the affordable device’s flaws are being felt by more people. As we reported last week, Google is working on another Chromecast device, but one that’s even more on the low end — here’s why we’d rather see a “flagship.”

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On Friday, we reported that Google was developing a new Chromecast device powered by Google TV. A new report today corroborates the existence of “Boreal” and reveals that it will be a lower-end streaming dongle that might launch as the “Chromecast HD with Google TV.”

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories January 21

Google is preparing a new device in the same family as the Chromecast with Google TV.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories December 17, 2021

Some Chromecast with Google TV owners are seeing loading issues w/ YouTube app

The Chromecast with Google TV offers a really solid overall experience for streaming thanks to content discovery and an abundance of apps, but it’s often subject to various bugs and issues. Currently, it seems that recent updates have caused loading and playback issues with YouTube on the Chromecast with Google TV for some.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories December 15, 2021

A week after the launch of its annual Year in Search recap video, Google is enhancing and furthering the yearly celebration with a prominent playlist on Chromecast with Google TV.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories December 7, 2021

Nearly six months after its last update, the Chromecast with Google TV is getting a handful of performance improvements today.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories December 5, 2021

From launch, the Chromecast with Google TV has been available with a Netflix bundle that gets you six months of access to the streaming service for just $40 more. A bug looks to be causing some of those Chromecast buyers to get another Netflix promo code for free service.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories November 24, 2021

New Android TV, Chromecast with Google TV devices get six free months of Peacock Premium

NBC is giving away six free months of Peacock Premium to new owners of Android and Google TV devices in a long-running offer that will be available all of next year.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories November 2, 2021

The Chromecast with Google TV offers a good user interface and experience but is rather hampered by only 8GB of storage. We, along with many others, have complained about this hardware limitation, and Google Support now offers a basic how-to on what to do “if you run out of storage on your Chromecast with Google TV.”

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories September 27, 2021

Google Assistant broadcasts are a very useful way to relay information to your family quickly, and it seems the company is working on expanding its reach just a bit further. It seems that Google is currently testing support for Assistant broadcasts on Chromecast with Google TV.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories September 21, 2021

Although still technically running Android 10, the Chromecast with Google TV can get a taste of Android 11 via an unofficial LineageOS 18.1 port for the streaming dongle.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories July 30, 2021

How to make Chromecast with Google TV feel a bit faster [Gallery]

The Chromecast with Google TV is a great, affordable streamer with some awesome software, but its low-cost nature lends itself well to the device feeling super slow at times. Luckily, there are a couple of easy tweaks you can make to help keep it feeling quick.

The Stadia for Android and Google TV app officially launches today — though we’ve been using it for a few days through a simple workaround. As part of that, the Google Store is offering a “special offer” that gives you a small deal when buying both the Chromecast with Google TV and Stadia Controller. 

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories July 29, 2021

Google’s decision to only include a severely limited amount of storage in the Chromecast with Google TV is already standing in the way of updating my apps.

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Back in November, device settings for the Nest Hub and Hub Max in the Google Home app were updated with a cleaner design and improved organization. The Google Home settings revamp is now coming to various Nest speakers and Chromecast streamers.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories July 20, 2021

The Chromecast with Google TV launched last year with a special bundle offer that delivered six months of Netflix access and the device for a cut cost, and now a similar offer is launching with HBO Max.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories July 19, 2021

Apple TV app gets an Android TV update, hopefully to squash widespread HDR, crashing issues

As its subscription-based streaming service pushes forward, Apple brought its Apple TV app to Android TV earlier this year, with support for originals and your iTunes library. As great as that was, though, the Apple TV app on Android has been plagued by a list of issues that could even crash the app.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories July 13, 2021

YouTube TV 5.1 audio is coming to Chromecast with Google TV later than other devices

At the end of last month, Google announced a 4K Plus add-on for its cord-cutting service. YouTube TV is also planning to add 5.1 Dolby surround sound for all members free of charge, but it won’t be coming to the Chromecast with Google TV until “later this year.”

Chromecast with Google TV Stories July 10, 2021

Owners of the Chromecast with Google TV have begun to see recommendations for Stadia games on the “For you” tab, suggesting deeper integration between the gaming service and Google’s streaming box.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories July 9, 2021

The Chromecast with Google TV has quickly become one of the best streamers on the market by virtue of the new and improved interface, but it also has some darn good features and reasons to have one at the heart of your home entertainment system.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories June 25, 2021

Here’s how the remote included with Walmart’s Android TV box works on Chromecast w/ Google TV

Walmart just launched a duo of Android TV streaming devices that are pretty standard but have two compelling selling points. For one, they’re both super cheap, and as a second point, the remote included with Walmart’s Android TV streamers looks really nice. In case you were curious, it does indeed work with the Chromecast with Google TV, but in a limited capacity.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories June 23, 2021

Some Chromecast with Google TV owners can get a Stadia Controller for 50% off

Stadia for Google TV officially launches today, and to celebrate, some Chromecast owners are getting a 50% discount on the Stadia Controller.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories June 21, 2021

Chromecast with Google TV gets a much more prominent Apps search bar

The last software update for the Chromecast with Google TV earlier this month added the underlying support needed for Stadia, as well as other tweaks and bug fixes. Google TV on the Chromecast now has a much more obvious search field for applications.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories June 15, 2021

Over the past few years, Google Fiber has been replacing legacy aspects of its service and streamlining. The latest allows Fiber TV customers that own a dedicated box to upgrade to a Chromecast with Google TV.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories June 8, 2021

Ahead of Stadia coming to Chromecast with Google TV on June 23, Google is rolling out an update to the streaming dongle that adds underlying support for the game streaming service and makes a handful of other improvements.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories June 7, 2021

For live TV streaming customers, one of the best parts of Google TV is its homescreen guide. However, that “Live” tab has, to date, only worked with YouTube TV. Now, Google TV is adding homescreen integration for Sling TV.

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On June 23, full support for Stadia is coming to the Chromecast with Google TV, along with a handful of other Android TV devices.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories May 12, 2021

When the new Chromecast with Google TV launched in late 2020, the product came with the promise that Google Stadia would be supported sometime in the first half of 2021. That deadline is just six weeks away at this point, so the clock is certainly ticking for Google to take action. Let’s take a look at where things stand.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories May 11, 2021

A new update is about to make its way to owners of the Chromecast with Google TV that improves support for the Spanish language, specifically for those who speak the language in the United States.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories May 5, 2021

[Update: Fixed] Some YouTube TV subscribers can’t sign in on Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV and YouTube TV benefits from particularly tight integration stateside, though subscribers of the cord-cutting service are seeing an issue today where they can’t sign in on the streaming dongle. 

Chromecast with Google TV Stories April 29, 2021

Overnight, an unexpected update hit the Chromecast with Google TV, bringing better HDR controls and a new security patch. Hidden within that update, though, was a possible upcoming feature for Google TV that, when enabled, gives users a “favorite app” shortcut.

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Google is rolling out a rather sizable April update to the Chromecast with Google TV that brings several fixes and a handful of new features.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories April 27, 2021

As HDR standards have taken over, HDR10+ is the next big step in tech. This week, Chromecast with Google TV has been officially certified for HDR10+ support alongside some other devices and apps.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories April 20, 2021

Chromecast with Google TV costs less than the new Siri Remote that makes Apple TV usable

Apple’s Spring Loaded event this morning saw a number of product and service unveils. On the television and media front, the Apple TV 4K was revamped, but the real highlight was a new Siri Remote that addresses how frustrating the original is to use. That $59 remote can be purchased separately for older Apple TV models, and it’s somehow more expensive than the Chromecast with Google TV.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories April 19, 2021

A useful feature of Google Assistant speakers and Android TVs is the ability to select a bunch of them to play the same audio simultaneously. It’s a useful feature, but if the new Chromecast with Google TV is a part of your speaker group, it may also be breaking them.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories April 3, 2021

The best part of the Chromecast refresh is the Google TV interface that comes along with it, but as with any Google product, that UI is subject to change over time. In early February, Google TV rolled out a revised homescreen with much smaller app icons, but in early April, things have gone back to normal.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories March 30, 2021

[Update: Back] Chromecast w/ Google TV loses locations on Google Photos ambient screensaver

Like the original Chromecasts that came before it, the latest model with its Google TV operating system has the ability to display your pictures from Google Photos. However, the Google Photos ambient screensaver on Chromecast has oddly just lost the dates and locations that showed along with the pictures.

After being announced earlier this year, Google TV is getting its first inking of multi-user support. Kids Profiles are now rolling out to Google TV and, specifically, to the new Chromecast.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories March 29, 2021

The Chromecast with Google TV is one of the best streamers on the market today, but as with most add-on devices, it means adding another remote to the living room. For many, this issue is fixed at least in part by the two IR-enabled buttons at the bottom of the included remote. If you need more, though, the SideClick for Chromecast with Google TV essentially adds a universal remote to the device.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories March 26, 2021

Google decided that the Chromecast needed its own unique flavor of Android TV to properly compete with the best streaming sticks on the market, which means quite a big shift in how you use the device. We — like many of you out there reading — have been using Chromecast with Google TV for a few months and have some tips and tricks that we think you really need to know.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories March 15, 2021

Chromecast with Google TV issues w/ Dolby Atmos on Disney+ have apparently been fixed

The Chromecast with Google TV has proven to be a hit among streamers thanks to wide-ranging support for streaming apps and standards, but Atmos has proven an issue for some. Since launch, Disney+ has had issues with Dolby Atmos on Chromecast with Google TV, but recent updates seem to have fixed the problem.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories March 11, 2021

After integration between Netflix and Google TV was shuttered last year, things are finally back on the repair. On Chromecast with Google TV, the Netflix directory is back in action.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories March 9, 2021

IMDb TV is now officially on Android TV; Nvidia Shield, TiVo Stream, Chromecast w/ Google TV

The first streaming service you probably think of when Amazon is mentioned is Prime Video, but the company also runs the ad-supported IMDb TV. Now, IMDb TV is officially expanding to Android TV.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories March 8, 2021

The Google TV UI that ships on the new Chromecast has a lot of perks, but a lack of profile support is one complaint a lot of users have. Today, Google TV is plugging that gap at least a little bit with the arrival of kids’ profiles.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories March 4, 2021

Paramount+ is now available on Chromecast, Google TV, and Android

2020 saw some major streaming launches with HBO Max, Peacock, and the first full year of Disney+, too. Now, the latest major option is arriving with Paramount+, and it’s available today on Chromecast, Google TV, Android TV, and Android smartphones.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 26, 2021

Before its debut on Roku and Fire TV, Google’s Android TV platform was one of the few ways to access HBO Max. Now, HBO Max is getting an update for Android TV that brings back the “restart” button and fixes some issues on the new Chromecast with Google TV.

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