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Chromecast with Google TV has an annoying Bluetooth audio issue, but there's a simple fix

Chromecast with Google TV has an annoying Bluetooth audio issue, but there's a simple fix

The Chromecast with Google TV is a brilliant product, as noted in Ryan's review, but it's not without its flaws. Since getting one a week ago, I've found Google's new Android TV skin to be a delight, so much so that my far more powerful Nvidia Shield has been relegated to the bench. The experience isn't perfect, however, and I've had to close misbehaving apps on several occasions. The most notable issue I've faced relates to Bluetooth audio, but thankfully there's an easy fix.

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Apple TV is coming to the new Chromecast with Google TV

Apple TV is coming to the new Chromecast with Google TV

As the streaming wars continue, Apple TV has fired off another salvo that should help audiences on the Android side of the fence consider the streaming service. Starting "early next year," Apple TV will be coming to the new Chromecast with Google TV, with support for other Android TV devices coming in the future.

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Existing YouTube TV subscribers are getting the new Chromecast with Google TV for free

Existing YouTube TV subscribers are getting the new Chromecast with Google TV for free

YouTube TV isn't cheap. Subscribers do get a lot of channels for the money, at least, and now it looks like they might be getting even more than they bargained for. Google just started sending out emails to some current users inviting them to claim a free Chromecast with Google TV — but hurry, because the offer expires later this month.

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Play Store gets a minor interface revamp on Android TV

Play Store gets a minor interface revamp on Android TV

About a year ago, Google started rolling out a more graphical interface for the Play Store on Android TV with focus on content discovery, larger thumbnails, interactive backgrounds, and a modern design. Now, with the new Chromecast having launched with a new Google TV UI, that Play Store is starting to look slightly dated. To keep it fresh, Google is rolling out a minor revamp with a new toolbar, new icons, and some shuffled screens.

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Google TV wants to learn your preferences and improve content recommendations

Google TV wants to learn your preferences and improve content recommendations

Scanning through tens of streaming services and hundreds of shows and movies to find that one perfect title is not only time-consuming but also exhausting (TIL, it even has a word: Showverload). Google, being that one nice guy around, wants to fix that for you with its all-new Google TV interface. The highly personalized service is getting a new tool to better understand your likes and dislikes, which will help Google tune its content recommendations to match your preferences.

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Netflix isn't playing nicely with Google TV for some reason

Netflix isn't playing nicely with Google TV for some reason

Google TV is meant to act as a starting point for your watching experience by letting you look up titles and see where you're able to watch them including through your current streaming memberships. One of the participating services was Netflix, but it appears that the behemoth has dropped from the Android app.

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Google's home theater integration between Chromecasts and Nest speakers is here (sort of)

Google's home theater integration between Chromecasts and Nest speakers is here (sort of)

Google introduced dynamic audio grouping on the Nest Hub and other Assistant-enabled smart displays earlier this year. The feature allows devices to be added and removed from audio groups on the fly without needing to edit groups beforehand. This ability started rolling out in the Google Home app last week — and it enables a workaround that lets you cast videos to Chromecast devices while the audio plays on Nest speakers.

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The new Chromecast remote is available on the Google Store in case you've already lost yours

The new Chromecast remote is available on the Google Store in case you've already lost yours

It's been a few weeks since Google released its new Chromecast with Google TV, and if you picked one up and are anything like the average American, you've probably spent some of that time searching to find the remote. Thankfully, there's a solution if your Chromecast remote has been permanently misplaced: Google is now offering individual Chromecast remotes for sale on the Google Store — and the listing has revealed a slightly-surprising spec.

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How to control Chromecast with Google TV volume using your phone

How to control Chromecast with Google TV volume using your phone

The Chromecast with Google TV isn't like your old Chromecast — it's the first to come with proper Android TV and a remote that even works with your TV or soundbar. However, that's where some problems are introduced. Depending on how you've set up the Chromecast remote, you might notice that it's become impossible to control the volume via Google Assistant or your handset when you cast from your phone. Here's what you need to know if you want to enable that functionality.

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