After a lot of rumors, it's September 30 during its online event, along with the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 , that Google had finally announced its new Chromecast.
Pricing and Availability
Available today, the new Chromecast with Google TV comes with a remote control, two AAA batteries for the latter, a USB-A charger, a USB-C to USB-A cable and instructions for This new Chromecast is available in several colors (white, pink and blue) at a price of 69.99 euros. One Netflix special edition is also on the menu at a price of 109.99 euros which comtakes the Chromecast and a 6-month Netflix subion (standard two-screen package, for a total value of € 71.94).
We will have noticed it too There is no longer an Ethernet port on the Chromecast. Indeed, the Ethernet port has been deported to an optional sector charger at 19.99 euros. Please note, no Gbit / s, this is a 10/100 Mbit / s Ethernet port only.
Design and Remote control
White in color for our test model and with a design reminiscent of accessories for Pixels such as the Pixel Stand, this new Chromecast is similar in size to previous Chromecast. On it you will find a USB-C port for recharging and a small LED to indicate that it is on. With an integrated HDMI cable, the Chromecast can be connected.expensive directly on the TV. Of course, you will need to connect the Chromecast to its charger to power it. So, on the connection side, it's super simple and there weren't really any surprises.
The new Chromecast obviously takes over the functions that we already knew (namely to broadcast the content of compatible Android and iOS applications directly from his phone, laptop or tablet, as well as the tab of his Chrome browser on the TV ). But the big news is the integration of Google TV and the arrival of an IR / Bluetooth remote control in the colors of the Chromecast. The Bluetooth connection of the remote control will be used to connect and control the Chromecast while the IR port will be used to possibly control the TV to which the Chromecast is connected with basic functions such as turning the TV on or off, or even flight controlume. Note on the remote control a button dedicated to Google Assistant, a button dedicated to Youtube and a button dedicated to Netflix. To date, it is not possible to change anything.
On the other hand, I do not know if it is my model or not but when the remote really loses the connection with the Chromecast afterwards some time of inactivity. The remote control must then be "restarted" (by removing and replacing the batteries for example) so that the connection can be made again. Ditto when you try to turn on the TV with the Chromecast on it after a night, for example. Because the remote control was bugged, it was impossible to start the Chromecast without going through the “restart” box again.
Google TV, Installation
Once everything is plugged in, configuration, like all Google devices dedicated to the home, is done via the Google Home application (iOS or Android). Again, no surprise, just follow the different steps, enter the WiFi of the house and it's settled.
Once launched and configured, we finally discover Google TV and the first thing we notice is that it's a kind of Android TV with a cleaner interface and more dedicated to multimedia content. With the latest version of Android TV, we were approaching the same philosophy already. In addition to the more multimedia orientation, the user interface has undergone a small facelift which makes it more modern and clear.
When installing via the Google Home app , we had to choose the applications to install. By default, Youtube, Netflix and Spotify were the basic applications and we could add Molotof, My Canal, Deezer, Disney +, France TV, Youtube Music, etc ... not paid attention because for us, Google TV was a kind of Android TV and suddenly, we were going to be able to install new applications in posterori!
Well no, Google TV is some sort of Chromecast ++ or an Android - -. Indeed, on Google TV, there is no Play Store like on Android TV so you cannot install everything and everything. For once, the compatible applications are listed in the Google Home application on your smartphone and this is limited to applications such as VOD or music. If the user wants to install applications like IPTV for example, he will have to go his way. It is a choice and we can see that of Google as a choice on simplicity and control to avoid any overflow.
Once in the interface, no surprise, we navigate in familiar territory, even more for those who have already used Android TV or Amazon Fire devices. The biggest difference is the inability to customize the interfacethis, but with the highlighting of the content of the different applications. It’s a sort of curation of everything the user can have on their applications but also on their Google account. Because Google TV remains very siled, we haven't found a quick way to upload your own content. Again, for hackers, Android TV devices will be more suitable. We will note all the same that the user interface shows some slowdowns depending on the content to load, something we do not see on the Fire Stick 4K from Amazon for example.
The Chromecast with Google TV supports 4K HDR of course and one of the strengths of Google TV compared to Android TV will be the recommendations based on its content but also the integration of Google Assistant. We remind you that the remote control includes a dedicated button forr and a microphone. With the power of Google, if you are looking for content, the Chromecast is able to tell you whether the program you are looking for is part of your subions or not. In the latter case, Google will still be able to tell you where to find it and through which service. Practical.
When the Chromecast is on standby, there are obviously screensavers based on your photos or on generic photos. Classic. In terms of functions, no Stadia client per se, Google is talking about support for 2021. But above all, with the release of the new Nest Audio speakers, there is no support for WiFi speakers. Too bad.
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