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When you buy self-motivating books that are supposed to help with life control, you expect to see clear rules on how to do that, but instead, you get the abstract notion of control. The same thing happened to Google Chromecast owners as far back as 2013. Users should have adapted to the absence of an interface and the ability to control the content using their PC or smartphone. Thank God, in 2020 there’s the way out of that puzzle. This time, Google did everything better. 

Google has added a remote control with which you can operate a fresh, new TV interface where you can find a path to almost every core streaming service: Disney+, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime Video. Chromecast in 2020 supports 4K video streaming, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. “Eat that, Chromecast 2013” 

Price Tag and Release Data

The US will open for the sales campaign on September 30. The Chromecast with Google TV will have three color variations – Snow White, Sunrise Peach, and Sky Blue. TechRadar noted in its original article that, on September 30, people from these countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the UK, can pre-order the Chromecast. 

Prepare $49.99 / £59.99 / AU$139.99 if you want to become the owner of the device. 

Design

Google has totally changed not only the software part but also the look of the Chromecast (2020). It’s an oval dongle; one could mistakenly see it as a wireless charger platform that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Google has changed the way the gadget gets power: you should now plug it into a 7.5-watt brick. 

The Chromecast got itself an Android OS. It allows users to access a wide variety of apps. You can download HBO Max, Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock, Disney Plus, or any other streaming service, except the Apple Plus app.

Chris Welch expresses warm words for The Verge towards the new remote control, and so do we. The new remote control is as simple as an omelet for breakfast. There is a big circle on the top which is a manipulating pad, and some buttons right under it. There’s a “Return” button and the Google Assistant button stands right next to it. You can also adjust the volume level with the remote control. You also get a button that helps you to switch your TV over to Chromecast. Also, some very important information: the remote control uses AAA batteries.

Interface

Google has concentrated on delivering the best user experience so they’ve replaced the common Android TV home screen with “Google TV” software. It resembles Amazon’s Fire TV interface but from the practical side, it feels more like the Apple TV app. 

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Google TV offers a very simple, and at the same time organized, interface. On the top you’ll find the division of different sections — For You, Movies, Shows, Apps, and Library. While browsing them, you’ll notice that TV shows are arranged by genres, also under each show you’ll see the name of the service it comes from and the Rotten Tomatoes average for most shows and movies.

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Google TV will give priority to shows from the streaming apps you pay for, though it’ll still recommend you watching shows from other apps. You can also rent the show or buy it on an ongoing basis. It’s important to note that Google TV puts a lock icon below the content from the service you don’t own the subscription for.

Wrapping up

The Chromecast with Google TV deserves your attention. We’ve mentioned only the core elements, but of course, every user can find their own pros and cons. In general, Google’s done a great job in comparison with the previous version. Google TV has crossed the line when it could be a simple add-on gadget to your TV. It allows you even more than you can handle. There is an HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos, you can stream 4K videos, I don’t know whether you need it – but still.

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