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 September 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 25

Amazon Music officially arrives on Chromecast with Google TV, widely on Android TV

After picking up Apple TV earlier this month, Chromecast with Google TV is getting another new app. Amazon Music has just officially arrived on Google TV.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 22

Apple TV for Chromecast can be controlled by Google Assistant speakers, smart displays

A few months after its debut, the new Chromecast with Google TV picked up support for Apple TV last week. An added bonus? Apple TV for Chromecast can be controlled by Google Assistant speakers and smart displays.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 18

As announced in December, Apple TV is now available globally on the Chromecast with Google TV. The new app allows you to watch original Apple TV+ content, as well as access existing iTunes movie and television show purchases.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 11

If you are looking to improve your home media setup and want a streaming stick or dongle, then you’ll no doubt be aware of the Chromecast series of devices, but which is right for you? Let’s simplify with our easy-to-follow Chromecast Buyer’s Guide for 2021.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 9

Some Chromecast with Google TV users report ongoing freezing issues w/ some apps

The Chromecast with Google TV has been a hit so far thanks to useful software features, a clean UI, and a reasonable price tag. Unfortunately, though, it hasn’t been without issues. One ongoing problem that some Chromecast uses have been facing for the past few months has been apps freezing at random, and there’s no fix in sight.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 8

On Friday, the Chromecast with Google TV received its first update of the new year, and it packs a handful of big changes. We know what’s fixed because Google is now releasing a changelog with software releases.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 7

One of our favorite streaming devices available today is the $49 Chromecast with Google TV. However, since the device launched in September, quite a few users have run into a problem with the Chromecast with Google TV crashing and showing a “can’t load Android system, your data may be corrupt” screen. Here’s how to fix that if it happens to you.

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How to watch Super Bowl LV on Chromecast with Google TV, Android, Chromebook

The biggest day in the NFL season has arrived. Later today, the Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to crown this year’s champion. If you want to tune in to catch the game, the commercials, or the halftime show, here’s how to watch Super Bowl LV on the new Chromecast with Google TV, Android, Chromebooks, and Android TV too.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories February 5

Google’s latest Chromecast is one of the best streaming devices out there today, and in the Android TV world it’s also one of the better supported. Today, another update is rolling out to Chromecast with Google TV, and it brings the December 2020 security patch with it.

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Chromecast with Google TV Stories January 4

Discovery+ is now available on Android, Chromecast w/ Google TV, Android TV

2020 saw the debut of multiple streaming juggernauts and as the first week of 2021 begins, another new service is arriving. Discovery+ is now available and you can watch on Android, Chromecast with Google TV, Android TV, and more.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories December 24, 2020

HBO Max won’t play ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ w/ Dolby Atmos on Chromecast with Google TV

Ahead of its release in theaters and through streaming tomorrow, HBO Max is confirming details on how you’ll be able to watch Wonder Woman 1984 on the new Chromecast with Google TV. Unfortunately, that lacks support for Dolby Atmos.

Chromecast with Google TV Stories December 22, 2020

HBO Max launched without support for Roku and Fire TV, but it did come with support for Google’s Android TV platform. Since then, the app hasn’t seen many notable updates, but this week there’s a big one. HBO Max for Android TV now supports 4K HDR content.

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