Google’s Upcoming Chromecast HD Would not Appear All That Excessive-Def

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A photo of the Chromecast with Google TV

Is the subsequent Chromecast with Google TV an inexpensive mannequin?
Photograph: Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo

Now that the Apple fanfare is nearing its finish, we are able to begin focusing our sights on what is perhaps subsequent from Google. The corporate is internet hosting a Pixel occasion subsequent month in Brooklyn, N.Y., and there are rumblings that Google can also debut its subsequent Chromecast gadget there.

The most recent leak comes from a developer on Twitter named Kuba Wojciechowski, who has a historical past of efficiently decompiling Google’s software program builds. Through Reddit, Wojciechowski tweeted their ideas on an obvious pre-release construct for the subsequent Chromecast gadget, supposedly dubbed Chromecast HD. However the spec checklist makes the succeeding Chromecast dongle look like a low-cost different to the one already available on the market.

The Chromecast HD might ship with an Amlogic S805X2 chipset. As 9to5Google factors out, the chip affords open-source AV1 decoding assist that the present Chromecast with Google TV doesn’t. However obviously, the chip just isn’t as much as snuff with the one presently within the 4K-compatible mannequin. It tops out at 1080p video playback, which means in case you pay further for 4K-enabled YouTube TV, you wouldn’t have entry to the total decision of these streams with this new gadget.

It’s additionally rumored that the Chromecast HD solely has 1.5GB of RAM in comparison with the present mannequin’s 2GB of reminiscence, which leads us to imagine that this dongle will probably be a lower-end mannequin—one thing cheaper for people to convey dwelling and faucet into the Google TV ecosystem with. Earlier this month, there was one other leak that Google would value this gadget round $30 versus the $50 tag on the present Chromecast mannequin. This gadget would straight compete with choices from the third events bundling Google TV with their dongles and inexpensive choices from Roku and Amazon’s Fireplace TV stick.

The opposite aspect worrying blogs and bloggers alike is that the software program reveals it’s operating Android 12, two variations forward of the present Chromecast with Google TV, which continues to be on Android 10. 9to5Google notes this implies the gadget might need a neater time receiving updates than its predecessor, since there’s built-in assist for Digital A/B in Android 12, which Google concocted to ship “seamless” updates to appropriate gadgets. Nonetheless, we’re nonetheless scratching our heads at whether or not it can obtain Android 13, because the minimal reminiscence requirement for that model is 2GB of RAM. Then once more, that may not matter with Google TV gadgets.

We hope to know extra concerning the new Chromecast in due time. Google is predicted to make a bunch of gadget bulletins on Oct. 6, the place we’ll be taught concerning the new Pixel smartphones, Pixel Watch, and the rest belonging to the Google {hardware} household.

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