TechRevolutionize your TV: Google Chromecast 4K 2024 unleashed

Revolutionize your TV: Google Chromecast 4K 2024 unleashed

Revolutionize your TV: Google Chromecast 4K 2024 unleashed
Images source: © Google

12:23 PM EDT, April 25, 2024

The Google Chromecast 4K 2024 is the latest edition of the popular TV dongle, boasting a slew of enhancements over its already successful predecessor. If your old TV is still in good working condition and the image quality meets your satisfaction, there's no need to consider replacing it. Instead, opt for a compact smart TV dongle to upgrade your viewing experience.

Smart TV dongles are petite devices that plug into an available HDMI port on your TV, monitor, or projector—common in most modern electronic equipment. These dongles operate on an operating system, often Android-based, akin to what's found on smartphones, offering a familiar array of functions.

Beyond installing apps and games, their primary purpose includes streaming multimedia, accessing VOD apps like YouTube and Spotify, and connecting to smartphones and other devices within the home. Control is facilitated by a remote, which can entirely replace the TV's remote in the case of the Google Chromecast. It supports voice commands, volume adjustments, and access to TV settings, enhancing user convenience.

The latest incarnation of this esteemed dongle, the Google Chromecast 4K, is set to hit the market soon. Additionally, Google is rolling out a more budget-friendly option, the “Chromecast HD." Fans of the brand in the USA have anticipated the new model for four years—a considerable span in the fast-evolving tech world. Nevertheless, the Google Chromecast 4K has garnered robust positive feedback. It runs on the Google TV operating system and is acclaimed for its user-friendly, intuitive, and reliable design, offering everything necessary for contemporary home entertainment.

What's New with Google Chromecast

Diving into the specifics, the Google Chromecast 4K 2024 has an upgraded ARM Amlogic S905X5 (6 nm) processor, marking a notable advancement over the previous Amlogic S905X3 (12 nm) processor. This new quad-core Cortex-A53 processor boosts performance while cutting energy consumption in half. Adding a new Mali-G31 graphics unit, capable of AV1 video decoding, further broadens the dongle's capabilities. Expectations include increased RAM and data storage, promising an enhanced performance across the board.

The design of the remote control has not been overlooked. The existing model is known for its compact, ergonomic design with distinctive side-mounted volume buttons. In the latest version, these buttons will be relocated to the front for a more traditional user experience. A novel button featuring a star icon will be introduced, allowing users to assign it to a favorite app or function for quicker access.

Software upgrades are also on the agenda. While current models run on Google TV, based on Android 12, the new iteration is anticipated to operate on the latest Android 14. This update will introduce visual enhancements, including a revamped menu layout.

Details regarding the new device's exact release date and pricing remain under wraps. The current Google Chromecast 4K with Google TV is priced around $75, with the HD model offered at a slightly more affordable $50-$58. The key difference between the two models lies in their resolution capacity—the HD version delivers 1080p compared to the 4K's superior resolution—and marginally less robust audio capabilities.

Related content