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The new Chromecast with Google TV features an improved remote control. Check out what the new remote will look like here.
New Chromecast with Google TV Remote
Images of a new remote control for the Chromecast with Google TV have been found in the beta of Android TV 14, according to 9to5Google. The new remote is likely intended for an improved version of the Chromecast, which was released earlier this year. However, little information has been released about the device since then.
As you can see in the image on the right, the button layout on the remote control is different from the current remote. For example, there are four buttons vertically aligned on the left, and a larger button on the right. These are likely the volume buttons, which are located on the side of the current Chromecast remote.
One button that stands out is the star button at the bottom right. This new ‘Magic’ button can be assigned to any app. This allows you to easily launch Spotify or HBO Max, for example. While the current Chromecast remote has buttons to open the YouTube and Netflix apps, you cannot customize the shortcuts.
Little is known about the new Chromecast at this time, so it is unclear when the device will be announced. There will be a major Made by Google event on October 4, but it is unlikely that the improved streaming dongle will be showcased. The event is expected to focus on the Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2.
The Chromecast with Google TV in the Netherlands
The streaming device is expected to succeed the original Chromecast with Google TV from 2020 and have faster hardware. Last year, Google released the cheaper Chromecast with Google TV (HD), which streams in full HD quality (1080p). The regular Chromecast also supports 4K images.
The 4K version of the Chromecast has a suggested retail price of 69.99 euros, while the HD version is sold for 39.99 euros. However, the streaming devices are regularly discounted. You can install apps from all major streaming services on the Chromecast, including Netflix, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Videoland, SkyShowtime, Pathé Thuis, and Prime Video.
→ Chromecast with Google TV (4K) review: Getting started with the streaming gadget
→ Chromecast with Google TV (HD) review: Cheaper, but equally good