Google has finally officially confirmed the product after several sightings of its ‘Sabrina’ streaming dongle over the past few months. The platform is branded as ‘Chromecast with Google TV’ and comes with a customised Android TV interface named Google TV by the US tech giant. In an official blog post announcing the launch, Google said the new device was designed to help users ease the discovery of content and manage their choices for entertainment.
Chromecast on Google TV
Chromecast with Google TV has all the basic features of Chromecast, while the all-new Google TV puts together movies, shows, live TV, and more in an organised and easy-to – navigate interface from across all compatible applications and subscriptions. However, the most remarkable thing about the new dongle is a remote control that was missing from previous Chromecast products.
As well as Dolby Vision and Google Assistant, the latest Chromecast with Google TV supports 4K HDR at up to 60fps. The remote also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button that allows users to use voice commands to play supported content on TV. Smart Home controls, including lighting, Nest Cameras, and more, are also sponsored. Dedicated buttons for Netflix and YouTube also come with the remote.
Google TV with Chromecast is available for $49.99 (~Rs. 3,700) in the US. It is offered in three colours by Google, namely Snow, Sunrise, and Sky. It will also be up for pre-order on October 15 in Australia, Canada, France , Germany, Ireland, Italy , Spain, and the UK.
The new platform is not so much a rebranding of Google’s current smart TV platform as a custom Android TV interface along the lines of Xiaomi’s PatchWall or OnePlus ‘OxygenPlay, unlike recent reports that indicated Google would rebrand Android TV as Google TV. It won’t be limited to Google devices, though, since the company says that the Google TV experience will also be available on Sony and other Android TV OEM partners’ televisions beginning next year.
Google TV provides a structured interface that includes movies, shows, live TV, and more from all supported apps and subscriptions, as already mentioned. You can also search for any unique title or all titles from your favourite genre using Google Assistant, etc. On Google TV,