Expectations are excessive for the Google Chromecast Extremely 2, the rumored 2nd Technology 4K streaming machine from Google that follows within the footsteps of the superb Chromecast Extremely.
If the rumors are true, the Chromecast Extremely 2 might provide two issues we’ve by no means seen on any Chromecast product earlier than – Android TV and a completely useful distant management.
You see, whereas Chromecast has all the time been one of the best platform to Forged to out of your cellphone or pill, we’ve by no means seen a full, strong good platform on the machine with its personal apps and app retailer, and that’s what could possibly be coming within the subsequent era.
The good thing about it supporting Android TV (or, Google TV, in the event that they resolve to vary the identify again) is that Android TV apps can help Dolby Imaginative and prescient and Dolby Atmos, two next-gen audiovisual requirements which might be supported on the Apple TV 4K, Nvidia Defend and different rival gadgets that aren’t absolutely supported on Google’s present flagship streaming dongle.
So what do you must know in regards to the Chromecast Extremely 2? We’ve damaged down all of the rumors beneath so you possibly can brush up earlier than its potential unveiling on the subsequent Google I/O or, even earlier than then, if Google surprises us with a digital occasion.
Reduce to the chase
What’s it? A 4K HDR streaming dongle with a distant and Android TV built-in When is it out? Rumors level to a 2020 launch, however nothing extra particular How a lot will it value? Probably round $80 (£60/AU$120)
Chromecast Extremely 2 value and launch date
A lot of the info we’ve in regards to the Chromecast Extremely 2 comes from a supply who spoke confidentially to 9to5Google who claims to know in regards to the machine.
Whereas stated supply couldn’t pinpoint a launch date, primarily based on an FCC submitting by Google for a brand new distant, it appears like we might see the streamer sooner somewhat than later.
Hmmmm… a Google Distant for an unknown machine simply handed by the FCC… https://t.co/nz0xBG8AtL pic.twitter.com/6gEQ35nR7gMarch 10, 2020
Primarily based on some specs floating round, different publications are saying that we’ll doubtless see the 4K HDR streaming dongle on the subsequent massive Google occasion, each time the corporate decides to re-schedule its annual Google I/O convention, and certain at a value level that’s just like different Chromecast gadgets – round $80 (£60/AU$120).
Chromecast Extremely 2 design rumors
Most rumors level to the Chromecast Extremely 2 having a distant and a design that’s similar to what we’ve seen on the Chromecast lineup so far – i.e. a round streaming dongle that hangs off the again of the TV and plugs into the HDMI port.
Inside, it’s doubtless that Google will improve the processor to one thing a bit extra present than the processor it plugged into the 2016 Chromecast Extremely however precise specs are TBD. The closest approximation of what the Chromecast Extremely 2 could possibly be rocking underneath the hood comes from the ADT-Three developer machine that Google launched in 2019 that has a quad-core A53 processor and 2GB of DDR3 reminiscence, with help for HDMI 2.1.
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There’s no assure that the Extremely 2 could have the very same configuration, however contemplating that is the machine Google sells to builders when making Android TV apps, there’s a superb probability we’ll see one thing that’s both across the identical energy degree or a bit higher.
As for the purported distant, photos within the FCC submitting level to one thing easy and refined – one thing comparable maybe to the distant that launched with the Google Daydream View VR headset. A small plastic distant would assist maintain value down (the entire premise of Google’s streaming dongle, in spite of everything) whereas including within the capacity to navigate an interface.
The Nvidia Defend, one other Android TV streaming machine, already comes with a distant like that and has been fairly profitable, so the concept isn’t solely unprecedented.
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Chromecast Extremely 2 characteristic rumors
All of the rumors up to now level to an interface that’s going to be the most recent model of Android TV (model 10, in the event you’re conserving observe).
Admittedly, the most recent model of the software program wasn’t a large enchancment for the platform and principally targeted on some back-end enhancements in the way in which of safety and reliability, however Google is consistently experimenting with new row concepts and isn’t afraid to roll out main overhauls mid-release prefer it’s accomplished up to now.
In case you’ve by no means used it, nevertheless, Android TV tries to indicate you a buffet of content material from totally different sources: the highest row is your most regularly-used apps, with a number of rows beneath that comply with content material advice snippets for every of the primary companies.
When it comes to supported companies, all the primary gamers can be found on present Android TV gadgets – Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Vudu, HBO, Twitch, Hulu, Sling TV, Crackle, EPIX and plenty of, many extra are all accessible, and on the Nvidia Defend, two of these companies provide Dolby Imaginative and prescient streaming (it’s Netflix and Vudu) which signifies that we might see the identical performance on the Chromecast Extremely 2 if it decides to go the complete fats Android TV route.
In addition to the standard of life enhancements provided by Android TV, a brand new Chromecast Extremely machine might positively faucet into the Nest ecosystem ought to Google resolve to go down that path. Android TV already has a good quantity of good residence integration utilizing Google Assistant, and there is all the time an opportunity that Google might re-brand the streaming machine underneath its Nest banner prefer it did with the Google Nest Mini.
Lastly, we will’t shutdown the rumor mill with out speaking about help for Google Stadia, the corporate’s cloud gaming service that it launched in 2019.
Contemplating that the service launched on the unique Chromecast Extremely, there’s little doubt in our minds that we’ll see the service once more make an look on the Chromecast Extremely 2 and shall be suitable with the Stadia Controller.