Google makes cheaper Chromecast official for older TVs – APK Games

After several rumors, confirmation. This Thursday (22), Google revealed a new Chromecast with Google TV. Novelty isn’t exactly…new. The look of the previous model was maintained, for example. However, the new one is cheaper and comes with an important limit: resolution up to 1080p.

Chromecast with Google TV (image: Darlan Helder/APK Games)

It was a matter of time for the gadget to be confirmed by Google. As revealed by technoblog with exclusivityChromecast with Google TV and 1080p was recently approved by Anatel.

The first Chromecast with Google TV was released in 2020. The device brought some notable differences from previous versions, such as remote control and 4K resolution support. The new version preserves some features, but comes to be a cheaper option.

It makes sense. In the United States, the first Chromecasts cost about US$ 35. Because it is more advanced, the Chromecast with Google TV arrived at US$ 49.99. The model confirmed today once again prioritizes the cost-benefit factor: its price on the Google Store is US$ 29.99.

Because of this, the first Chromecast with Google TV is still on sale. But now, the consumer can choose between the 4K and 1080p version. The latter keeps the remote and, of course, the HDMI cable attached.

Features of the new Chromecast

It is true that there are other differences between the versions. The new Chromecast does not support Dolby Vision. On the other hand, the HDR10 and HDR10+ standards are present.

Another noteworthy detail is that the novelty is based on Android 12. But this does not mean that the 4K version will be outdated in terms of software. To 9to5GoogleGoogle has confirmed that the first Chromecast with Google TV will be updated to Android 12.

As rumored, the new Chromecast also supports AV1. It’s an open-spec, royalty-free video codec that basically makes streaming require less bandwidth.

AV1 support in this model is due to the use of the Amlogic S805X2, a chip that is not present in the 4K version. This one has 2GB of RAM, though. The new version has 1.5 GB, as revealed by the XDA Developers.

Chromecast with Google TV (Image: Playback/Google)
Chromecast with Google TV (image: playback/Google)

In the United States, the new Chromecast with Google TV can now be found on Google Store, with the aforementioned price of $29.99. Note, however, that the gadget is only available in white. In addition to this, the 4K version can be found in pink (salmon) and light blue.

As for Brazil, there is still no information about the official sale of the new model here. But this should not take long to happen, after all, as you already know, the new Chromecast with Google TV has already been approved by Anatel.

Around here, the device must fight with rivals like Fire TV Stick Lite and Roku Expresswhich are aimed precisely at simpler or older TVs, which only support HD or full HD resolution.

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