Chromecast with Google TV is a new affordable streaming device that turns your TV into a smart one that is if you do not already own one as they are popular now and most come by default this way anyway but still you can boost it up with this cool pebble shaped device that now comes with a remote you can talk too like any Google product these days and it works really well and does not require a high speed internet connection either to stream.

This time however if you are familiar with Chromecast you get Google TV thrown in and the UI is great similar to Apple Watch Now and the experience is smooth. This is 4K ready and the picture is fantastic especially if you have a 4K TV and you will see this in the video below how clear this is and it really is a stand out picture and also sports Dolby Vision.

When it comes to the product it is once again a HDMI connection that is hidden behind your TV but still requires its own power source and this is one thing perhaps needs changing going forward.

How it works is that it will base your favourites on your subscription services and kept simple which is great for newcomers to the platform and as mentioned has a really appealing look to it and simple enough to navigate through .You also get recommendations as you would say on You Tube based on what you have watched before, also you can bookmark movies for watching later and you can also continue to watch same as Netflix and this is cool as some services do not offer this.

The real fun though is using the remote control and it works rather well with a simple to use remote nicely designed buttons that are tactile and rather than searching you can just ask your remote and you have to quick launch buttons too for Netflix and You Tube, so that is me sold right there. The Assistant on the remote will also allow you to control your existing Google Devices at home and you can also pair them. You can also use your remote like you would your assistant and again seen in video..

If you have the last version you will ask if this one is worth the punt and the answer simply is yes, I have been a long time user of Chromecast and bring it everywhere with me and this will certainly be replacing the old model.. You can pick this up now for 68.65

10 Things to Know About Chromecast with Google TV

1. Hello, Chromecast with Google TV

The all-new Chromecast with Google TV does everything your favorite Chromecast does and more, with help from the new Google TV experience and Google Assistant.  It brings together movies and shows from across your streaming apps and organizes them just for you.  It comes in three beautiful colors inspired by real homes: snow, sunrise and sky.

2. New Chromecast design, now with more power

Chromecast keeps its compact and thin design that neatly plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and hides out of sight.  Despite its size, Chromecast streams crystal clear movies in up to 4K HDR 60 fps.  It also supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to make your watching experience more immersive.

3. Chromecast, now with a remote

Our most requested feature is here. The new voice remote can control your TV or soundbar, change the volume, switch inputs, and more. The dedicated Google Assistant button lets you search your favorite shows, get answers, and more with just your voice.  Plus it has dedicated buttons for the two of the  most popular streaming services today, YouTube and Netflix.

4. Google TV – Your movies and shows. All in one place 

Google TV organizes movies and TV shows from your favorite services into a single place. It’s easy to find what you want to watch across your apps, so you spend less time endlessly scrolling and more time enjoying content. Browse hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes through apps like YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, Prime Video and more.

9. Fill your home with music: multi-room audio

You can group Chromecast with other Nest speakers and displays in order to play synchronized music in multiple rooms. It works with your favorite audio apps, including YouTube Music, Spotify, and more. You can easily set up a speaker group in the Home app. 

10. Relive your memories with Google Photos

Enjoy a slideshow of your pictures from your Google Photos library right on your TV when your Chromecast is not being used or simply ask, “Hey Google, show my photos from Hawaii”. 

5. Find your next favorite. Based on your favorites.

Get personal recommendations based on what you’ve watched and what interests you, from across your subscriptions and content available to you. All you have to do is ask the Google Assistant, “What should I watch” to get a list of popular movies and shows. Google TV’s Watchlist lets you bookmark movies and shows you want to save for later.

6. Do more on your TV. Just ask Google.

Ask for a specific title or search by mood, genre, actor, and more. Just press and hold the Google Assistant button and say:

  • Show me sci-fi movies
  • Dim the lights
  • Show me the front door 
  • Set thermostat to 18

7. Made with the environment in mind 

Chromecast breathes life into existing TVs and is designed with recycled materials, it helps keep waste out of landfills. And 49% of its plastic mechanical parts are made with recycled plastic, so you can feel good about watching TV.

8. The Chromecast features you love 

From the small screen to the big screen. Cast from thousands of compatible Android and iOS apps directly from your phone, laptop or tablet And mirror your Chrome browser tab to your TV, just look for the Cast icon in compatible apps.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.