It seems like every year a new Google Chromecast hits the market, and you might be wondering if there’s a good reason to upgrade. Most of the time, as long as your Chromecast is working correctly, there isn’t a good reason to upgrade. Well, until now. Let’s see why the latest Google Chromecast is worth upgrading to.
The latest Chromecast is called Google Chromecast with Google TV and it adds a lot more features to the regular Chromecast build. They also added a USB-C port, which opens up a lot of potential uses, which we’ll talk about in a moment.
What is Google TV?
Google TV is an interface system that powers most Android TV boxes. In other words, the new Chromecast includes the same interface found on Android boxes. In fact, it’s the only Chromecast with an operating system. Most Chromecasts only work when you cast media to it, they can’t work independently, until now.
Reasons to Upgrade to Google Chromecast with Google TV:
1 – It’s the Same Price as Regular Chromecasts
When I saw the price for the new Google Chromecast with Google TV, I was shocked. I thought maybe I selected an older model by accident. As it turns out, Google Chromecast with Google TV is the same price as normal Chromecasts. Given the number of new features, that’s a crazy good deal.
2 – Google TV Interface
As we mentioned earlier, the new Chromecast comes with its own operating system and storage. What that means is you can download apps directly to Chromecast.
Instead of having to cast Netflix, YouTube, and other streaming apps to the Chromecast, you can run them directly off the operating system.
Essentially, it’s a mini-Android box. Most of the apps that you would find on an Android box work here too. We’re talking about all the common media streaming apps and UK-specific ones too, such as Freeview, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sports, ITV Hub, and many others.
Naturally, it still allows you to cast to it from other devices, but you have the option to use it as a standalone too, which is awesome.
3 – 8 GB of Storage
In total, the new Chromecast has about 8 GB of storage. However, about half of that is used by the system, so there really only is about 4 GB available for apps. You can download all kinds of apps and even games to the new Chromecast. 4 GB is not much, but there’s a way to add more storage, which I’ll talk about a little later.
4 – Includes a Remote
Another great feature is the new Chromecast with Google TV includes a remote which makes it very easy to navigate the interface.
In previous versions, you would open an app on your phone and hit the cast icon to send the media to the Chromecast. In other words, your phone was the remote. Now you don’t have to use a separate device to control the Chromecast.
A feature that makes the remote even more useful is it has a built-in microphone, so you can use Google Assistant or speech to text to interact with the Chromecast. Some simple commands like “Hey Google, open Netflix” can save you a lot of time.
5 – Adds a USB-C Port
Previous versions of Chromecast only had a micro-USB port to supply power. The Chromecast with Google TV adds a USB-C port which is not only for charging but can also be used with USB-C dongles.
The option to use dongles with the Chromecast adds a whole new level to the device. There are USB-C adapters and dongles for all kinds of ports, for example, you can extra USB ports, SD card slots, Ethernet Ports, and much more. And yes, the new Chromecast supports USB devices like a mouse and keyboard.
Looking to expand the storage on the new Chromecast? Get a USB-C dongle that has an extra USB port, insert a USB storage device, and now you have extra storage. You can also use an SD Card. The Chromecast can also play media from external storage devices.
Another point is the Chromecast only supports FAT32 storage with a max of 32 GBs. To get around that, you can format a storage device into multiple partitions of 32 GBS. It’s unclear if you can install apps on external storage.
Nevertheless, the USB-C port is a great addition. Do remember that you need a dongle that can pass-through power to the Chromecast. So those are some reasons why the latest Google Chromecast Is worth upgrading to.
Is Chromecast with Google TV Better than Chromecast Ultra?
The Chromecast with Google TV is better than Chromecast Ultra. Both the Chromecast with Google TV and Chromecast Ultra support 4K at 60 frames a second.
The main differences are the Chromecast with Google TV includes a remote, the Google TV navigation service, and a USB-C port. Google Chromecast Ultra does not have any of those features.
While Google Chromecast Ultra does support Stadia, the newer model is set to support Stadia in 2021 too. I would personally consider upgrading from Ultra to Google TV as the features are well worth it.
Chromecast with Google TV Vs Roku Plus
The Roku Streaming Stick Plus is the same price as the Chromecast with Google TV, albeit a little older, and both devices offer similar features. For starters, both the Roku Plus and latest Chromecast include a remote control. However, the Chromecast with Google TV has built-in storage, connects easier to Google Accounts, and it includes a USB-C port.
While most people like the simplicity of the Roku navigation bar, the latest Chromecast is more feature-rich. Roku also requires you to make an account with their service, but with Chromecast, you can use your Google Account.
Chromecast with Google TV Vs Amazon Fire Stick 4K
These are two top of the line streaming sticks and both have great features, including remotes. In our opinion, the Chromecast with Google TV is better than the Amazon Fire Stick 4K because it’s newer (2020 vs Fire Stick 4K 2018), the interface is easier to use, and it has a USB-C port.
So if you have an older Chromecast lying around, I highly recommend upgrading to Chromecast with Google TV because it’s one of the most feature-rich streaming sticks on the market. Not to mention it’s very budget-friendly too!