NEW CHROMECAST 2020 by Google

by birtanpublished on October 27, 2020

So for under 50 you can turn any tv into a smart tv or a smart tv into a smarter tv and potentially cancel your cable subscription forever with this new device right here now this is not especially a new claim we've been seeing the fire tv sticks the roku's and the original chromecast all essentially claiming to do the same thing but now the newest google chromecast in 2020 does things a little bit differently so in this video i'm going to break down what this device is all about and i'm

Going to tell you exactly what i think about it based on my use with the newest chromecast now to give you guys a summary of some of the big highlights about this device unlike the original chromecast which you could only cast to from your phone this one actually has a new interface where it has a remote that comes in the box so much like the roku or the fire tv sticks you can actually navigate an interface with a group of people and decide on titles and figure out what you want to

Watch now of course you can also cast from your phone you can tie it together with your entire smart home and ask your little nest mini or you can ask your smartwatch or whatever you want to play titles but having a remote is definitely a welcomed addition here now the second big highlight of this one is that it is running google tv which unlike a lot of other services kind of ties things together it's a little bit more integrated and it's just going to show you titles in a nice clean layout with

From what i've seen no ads yet so that's a big plus yes i'm talking about you fire tv stick and essentially what you're doing here is it's trying to cut down the time that you're wasting looking for different titles so using google's algorithm it's going to be monitoring like what you're watching when you're watching different things and helping you it's kind of predicting what you'd be interested in watching just like if you go on youtube and you watch videos that it predicts what you're interested

In watching so the idea here is that in the interface you're going to have a bunch of different titles of movies and shows based on your interest that google is going to determine with their own algorithm and it's going to suggest that you watch certain things and of course you don't have to do this you can go into the apps if you want but the idea is that it cuts down the time that you waste when you open up hulu go through all the titles and then decide that's not it

Go to netflix go through the titles that's not it go to disney plus and you get the idea like i've spent way too much time doing that and so having this option here where it just shows you the titles you check them out and it shows you where you can watch them from your subscriptions i think that's pretty cool but i'm going to show you guys the interface later on in this video let's start off with what actually comes in the box starting with the first thing the chromecast itself it's slightly larger than the original

Chromecast but it's still a little dongle that hangs on the back of your tv so no matter what your tv shape is or where it is against the wall it should fit pretty nicely it's a really slim design and very flexible kind of linguine cable there up to an hdmi which again plugs into just about every tv i've ever seen so there are three different colors uh there's like a pinkish one a bluish one and this is the white one i chose the white one because all the others were sold out

And originally i was wondering why the colors really mattered if it's behind your tv anyway it's just gonna collect dust but the cool thing is actually the remotes also come in three different colors so the pink the blue and the white so if you want a cool colored remote you can definitely get that now and these remotes are really comfortable honestly i think they're a pretty nice size they're really convenient and i'll talk a little bit more about that in a second

But talking about what else comes in the box we have a charging cable and a charging block i say charging but it is a full-time power cable like this has to be plugged in the entire time and it has a usb type-c on the back as well as a button on here if you need to reset your chromecast which is just a nice thing to be able to do on here now looking a bit closer at this remote you are able to control not only the chromecast but also your television or your stereo system or whatever you want it has an infrared blaster on the top and you also have the

Volume rocker on the right side the power button and you have the kind of the input selector on the bottom as well so the idea here is that you can turn on your tv you can change the input and you can control the volume pretty much everything you're going to have to do on your tv with this remote right here with this remote right here and so that's really nice to have that looking at the other buttons on the remote it's very simple you have your d-pad on the top

It's not a wheel you can spin it's just like up down left and right and a middle button as well that's like you're okay you go whatever you want to call that you have a back button a google assistant button because there is a microphone on here and you can ask google assistant to do whatever google assistant does on your tv so that's a cool thing to have right there we have a home button a mute button a youtube button obviously google's going to put that one there and then a

Netflix button i assume that's because netflix is a very common platform that people want to use so cool netflix button on the bottom there other than that there's really not a whole lot to see on this remote unfortunately there is no headphone jack and also on the back you can see if we slide it off it is powered by two aaa batteries that are included in the box but like i said no headphone jack is a drawback for me but you do have bluetooth on the chromecast so you can connect earbuds to

That or you can connect a speaker to that and i have i have a little bit of beef with that i'm going to talk about later on in this video before i get into the interface and show you guys what google tvs actually like to use on this chromecast i first want to point out that you can control things with your phone by just casting them like i mentioned before you can control things from the google home app as well and like i said you can control things from your your google

Speakers your nest mini your aware os watches your android devices whatever you want even on iphone if you have google assistant on there whatever you want you can control your device here so i think it's really cool that you're not limited to just using this remote but like i said having a remote is definitely an extra good plus there now let's jump over and see what the interface actually looks like guys actually a quick aside i mentioned that this is really similar to the roku and

The fire tv stick amazon just released a brand new 2020 fire tv stick and i will be reviewing that i have that like right over there so i'm going to be comparing that to this one in the next video so if you guys want to see that go on down and click the subscribe button and the bell icon so you don't miss that comparison now before we even get into the interface the first thing you'll see is actually just the screen saver here it just cycles through a bunch of different

Photos shows you the time on the corner it can show you the weather as well and you can change the photos to be your own google photos account otherwise it's just the default ones right here now if we press any button on the remote it brings us into the interface so we can go back up to the top here and you'll see it looks really similar to netflix and amazon and pretty much everything else out there except it's a bunch of different apps combined you choose the apps when you set this up

And it'll show you which you know which of your apps each video is on so across the top you'll see that we have a search option the for you movies shows apps and library so apps obviously is what i was saying you can go into just if you want to see only netflix right now it's really easy to do that i would say this is probably not that relevant for these three or four but if you're looking for like sling tv and you know you're looking for a live football game or something it does make

Sense to go into apps here now we can also go over to library if you have anything that you purchased or rented and you can also have your watch list from google so if you search something and and you want to add it to your watch list you'll eventually find it here as long as you're on the same account now before i go down the for you i also want to mention that if you press and hold the home button it'll bring you over to some options here where you can go into your settings you can go into

Like right there it'll bring you back to the screen saver or of course you can go and change you know your account and stuff like that you'll see notifications down here as well but then looking at the for you section as we go down you'll see they always show you two things or at least one thing on the top of from youtube obviously google owns youtube they're trying to push their own stuff first but it's really not that not not that bad as we go down you'll see the

Top picks for you and on each one you'll see right right below the title it gives you like the rotten tomatoes rating which is really nice and it also tells you where it is so these are all on netflix that's prime video netflix netflix and these are going to be based on what you've watched in the past what google thinks you'll like and so right now i actually just made a new account for this so this is not really tailored to me but the more you use it the more it's going to be tailored to you

Then you go down you'll see all the apps you have here you can see what's trending on google so maybe new popular stuff is going to appear here you'll see dramas documentaries blah blah blah go down like this and you'll get to like some recommended videos from your youtube account so it's really nice that all integrates well and you'll go down you can see lots and lots of different categories down here which again makes it so easy to find what you're looking for and watch anything so if we go maybe like right here if we want to see

Maybe this one you can you know just select that one and then it'll show you that there's different ways to watch it so you can watch it on netflix is the default there but there's other ways to watch here so you can say three other ways to watch and you can buy it on google tv or rent it and maybe you'll have it on amazon for some other things it'll just show you all right there then we can go down and it tells you a little bit more about the cast and the crew what you might like if you like this so

It helps you find other stuff and then you know just more information about it on the bottom so i think this interface here is really nice it's good layout there and if we go into pretty much anything on here the player is going to be very familiar and very easy to use now on top of that we do have the google assistant so if i just press and hold the button on the remote what's the weather in tampa florida so right there it'll bring up the weather it shows you day by day and it is interactive so i can go through each

Day and i can just look at what the weather is for each day or i can even open up that day and see what the hourly is if we're interested in that and similarly you can do the same thing with any titles find some funny movies and so it finds some popular comedies here again making it a lot easier to search and you can go across the top and add some more extra things on there so maybe new comedy movies for example or you can go and add some other things new comedy that is animated right so you

Can have all these uh compounded searches to find exactly what you're looking for so guys just to summarize what we saw on the interface right there i thought that google did a great job of kind of aggregating content for you predicting what i was interested in watching and i really liked how there were no ads just plastered around the interface so by now the fire tv stick there's just so many ads all over and it gets really cluttered and noisy

And sometimes you don't know what's an ad and what's actual title that maybe you watched recently so that's all really good stuff i really like the interface on here it feels clean it feels much more inviting to use than a lot of other ones out there so that's definitely a really big plus there some of the downsides it's a little bit buggy here and there with things like the continue watching for example they don't always work across all different apps so what you were recently

Watching if it's on like prime video it might not be showing up but netflix maybe it would that's a really small drawback for me so i don't really care that much i'll just open the app if i want to because that's going to be just a quick second to do that as far as quality goes with the chromecast you're much more likely to be limited by your tv or speakers because this comes with 4k high dynamic range or hdr means it's going to be great resolution great color on there

You have dolby vision and dolby atmos so you're gonna have great sound and just a great picture overall so like i said you're really not going to be tied down much at all it's going to look really great as long as you have good speakers and a good tv there so i think it's pretty clear the chromecast is very capable it's a really convenient device to have and i would really recommend it for a lot of people but there are a few drawbacks and a few kind of groups of people that i think really would not enjoy this device

So the first drawback is that it doesn't have apple tv plus i don't watch apple tv plus i don't really care about that but if you do obviously that's going to be a make or break you probably don't want to get this device being that at least at the time of making this video it doesn't have apple tv plus available on top of that it does require kind of you know google does a lot of like data stuff right so when you first sign up there's a lot of terms and conditions like five different

Pages that you have to go and accept and they ask for a lot of permissions to like permission to your microphone permission to your phone camera to scan a barcode permission for location like there's a lot of stuff that google's asking for and you can say no to a lot of that and set it up without that but it is going to kind of hinder your experience a little bit so you're not going to have things as well integrated it's going to take longer to set up and stuff

Like that but if you're okay with just saying yes to all that stuff then obviously that's not going to be a problem occasionally there's a little bit of sluggishness in the interface but that's really not going to be an issue because that was just when you're navigating around and doing stuff like that but it was very occasional and it wasn't even that bad and then really the biggest functional drawback for me is that you don't have a headphone jack on the remote so that's definitely a bit of a downer

For me i know that instead you could be using like bluetooth on there to connect to speakers or earbuds but i found that doing that it just it has a lot of lag if i'm listening with earbuds there's going to be a very noticeable lag between the mouth moving and the actual words i'm hearing so that's that's a downside that i really wish they could fix on here but overall guys the chromecast in 2020 i think it's a great device and i would highly recommend it to pretty much any tv out there that's

Looking to anybody looking to get a smart tv if you already have a smart tv and you just want it to be a little more integrated with google depending on your type of smart tv it's a great device to get it's under 50 dollars so it's really hard to argue with that price point and like i said it's a very capable device but comment down below let me know what you guys think of the brand new chromecast if it's something you'll be getting or not if you think it's really similar to other stuff and it's not worth it or

If you think it's something that you really like having for some specific reason but comment down below let me know your thoughts guys thanks for watching i'll see you next time you

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