BBC iPlayer has had a strange relationship with Android TV. There have been versions specific to certain hardware, such as the one for the Nvidia Shield or those you can get on Sony TVs, but there's still no official generic version that works on any ATV device. This means no BBC iPlayer for the new Chromecast with Google TV, since that's just an ATV dongle with a fancy skin. Or so we thought. Thankfully, there's a new version of the app that's compatible with Google's new hardware, just in time for launch.
In contrast to the Chromecast Ultra, the Chromecast with Google TV doesn't come with an Ethernet power brick included. That might not be a problem for most people, but a wired connection is a boon for those of us who live in particularly Wi-Fi crowded areas in an apartment complex. For those who absolutely need a wired connection, Google has finally started selling the Ethernet adapter for the Chromecast with Google TV. You'll have to shell out $20 to become the proud owner of one.
Google unveiled the new Chromecast with Google TV last week, and no surprise: it looks good. For less than $50, the device offers Chromecast capabilities, a voice remote with Google Assistant, and the latest Google TV experience built in. Right now, you can buy it bundled with six months of Netflix — and that's probably what most potential buyers should do.
Google isn't one to shy away from confusing branding changes, and the whole Google TV/Android TV thing is just the latest in a long line of examples. The new Google TV interface will come to third-party devices eventually, but the OS will still be called Android TV, at least for a little while. Right now, the new Chromecast with Google TV is the only device to officially support the upgraded UI, but there is a way to get it working on other Android TV hardware.
The new Chromecast with Google TV is not only a pretty good streaming device, but it's also Google's first product based on Android TV in a long time. The device is currently listed at $49.99, which is already a great price for everything you get, but sources say it could drop even lower on Black Friday.
It may have been only about 30 minutes, but Google unveiled a bunch of new stuff at yesterday's event. One of the coolest gadgets is the Chromecast with Google TV — an updated Chromecast dongle that comes with a remote and runs special version of Android TV. The app that powers the new Google TV launcher interface has now appeared on the Play Store. It's called Google TV Home, and even though it's possible to install it on existing Android TV devices, it's pretty useless right now unless you have the new Chromecast.
Following a storm of leaks, Google finally unveiled its first Android TV Google TV-powered Chromecast dongle earlier this week, which earned a big thumbs-up in our review. While the 4K-capable Chromecast with Google TV itself is a great deal — and a mouthful — at 50 bucks, you can save a bunch through various deals and bundles. One such offer from Google can get you the new Chromecast for free by subscribing to YouTube TV.
Welcome to another Android Police Newsletter Q&A, a series where we open up about the latest gadgets on the market. This week, we're telling all about the very first Chromecast with Google TV. Read on to learn how to submit your questions and see our responses.
Google TV's new homescreen experience is a big departure from the interface we've become familiar with on Android TV, thanks to a content-first approach that gives more importance to what you'd watch over where you'd watch it. It also has an "Apps" tab to browse the old-fashioned way, and if you prefer to make this your default interface, you can do so... at a price.