Make your next Chromecast like this


Yesterday we learned that a new Chromecast with Google TV device is in the works. According to references found in the code of the latest preview version of the Google Home app, the new Chromecast labeled YTC (matching the previous Chromecast with Google TV streamers called YTV and YTB).Current Several development stage.

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Given that existing Chromecast devices compete at $50 and $30 in the low-end market, it’s not a huge leap to think that this new device is a bit more premium (no proof, but imagine ). In that spirit, here are our hopes for what a potential premium Chromecast with Google TV might look like.


stronger specs

For $50, the Chromecast with Google TV does a great job of delivering 4K HDR streaming content, but the interface isn’t always as snappy as we’d like. A low-cost Amlogic chipset and just 2 gigs of RAM It’s built around , so no problem. The fix here seems simple. A high-end Chromecast requires a high-end chipset and more memory.

Depending on how good this theoretical new Chromecast is, Google could include a first generation Tensor chipset. If that’s too flashy to be practical, you can use a more powerful Amlogic CPU with a more premium Chromecast, like the POP1-G Amazon stuck with the 3rd Gen Fire TV Cube.

As for RAM, 3-4 gigabytes should be enough. That may sound low, but that’s a 50-100% increase over current models. Even the rugged Nvidia Shield TV Pro is enough for just 3 gigs. Video streaming doesn’t consume much memory. Looking ahead, it would be nice to have four. The higher the specs, the better the performance when running Android games on his virtual Chromecast.

The biggest hardware drawback the new Chromecast has to deal with, premium or not, is storage. Both 4K and HD Chromecast with Google TV come with a limited storage capacity of 8 gigabytes. Even if you just use Chromecast to stream videos, it’s not at all difficult to beat this limitation. Doubling that storage to 16 gigs is a simple matter. Ideally, premium devices come with 32GB or more.

Better (or any) port selection

There’s something to be said for the simplicity of existing Chromecast with Google TV hardware. Whether it’s the 4K or HD model, it’s a flat little tablet with a short HDMI cable and a single USB-C input for power. But for users who want to do anything technical like expand their device’s storage or wire up Ethernet, it means additional accessories and clutter behind the TV.

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A built-in Ethernet port and a second USB-C port for connecting flash drives and other optional accessories without an adapter seem like reasonable expectations for a more premium Chromecast. A full-size USB-A port and slot for a MicroSD card are also nice functional additions, but it’s hard to imagine Google offering any at this point.

sophisticated remote control

I actually like my existing Chromecast remote. I miss watching TV on most other devices. Still, if you’re wishing for a premium Chromecast, there are some improvements you might want to take a look at.

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It would be nice to get rid of the YouTube and Netflix branded buttons, but aside from that, you’ll take a programmable button or two that can be set to open an app or perform a function of your choice. . Dedicated media control buttons also simplify things. Different apps can respond differently to the existing Chromecast remote’s directional inputs and face buttons. And clearly labeled buttons for play/pause and fast forward/rewind eliminate ambiguity.

I also appreciate the motion-activated backlit keys on the Shield TV’s remote. We hope to see a similar system in future Chromecast remotes. I personally think his Roku-style 3.5mm headphone jack is built into the remote, which is great for personal viewing.

we can dream

However, as I said at the beginning, this is all just speculative fun. We don’t know exactly what his unannounced YTC Chromecast device is. It’s entirely possible that the 2020 Chromecast will be another mid-range option meant to replace the Google TVs on store shelves, or be something else entirely. All in all, the 4K Chromecast with Google TV is already one of our favorite streaming devices, but we’d love to see someone challenge his Nvidia’s longtime dominance in the high-end Android TV box space. Why not Google itself?


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