What you need to know
- Google is set to debut a Chromecast Ultra replacement.
- This new dongle will re-focus on media over apps amd wlll run the soon-to-be-rebranded Android TV.
- The company will also look into using the Nest brand on the Chromecast sequel.
It's not super clear when Google will release the new dongle. It could happen around the Pixel 4a's release this month, or it could happen earlier, or later. As Google's Pixel buds still dropped just mere weeks before the 4a is predicted to, it's more than clear that the proximity of Google's product releases don't influence each other's launches.
As for the Android TV powering this dongle, Google may also be rebranding that to Google TV, if another report proves accurate. It's a season of rebrandings.
If they go with Nest branding, I hope they call it a Nesticle. Since it kind of just hangs there. Like .... an icicle ...
Gonna have to be a good reason for me to upgrade. I am content with my Chromecast Ultras
Android TV is so much better. Youll never want want to Chromecast again. Casting will fell like a chore when navigating with a good remote.
The remote is good enough of a reason for me to upgrade. Just so much easier to use a remote
So many people cry out for a remote and i just don't understand why.
Use the Nvidia shield (2019) with it's remote for a week, and put your phone down for more than 5 minutes at a time (it's tough, isn't it) and you'll understand.
100% People act like their phone isn't an infinitely better remote. "Casting is like a chore!" What?
"Put your phone down for more than 5 minutes!" What? You need a remote to put down your phone or something? The option is fine, but it's no better.. I don't quite get the tagline under the headline. Chrome is a much bigger brand than Nest - that change seems very silly to me. I think Google would made better inroads into things if they stopped rebranding and replacing stuff so much..
So another remote to juggle or to mislay. Or one more to program onto my Harmony. What's wrong with using your phone?
Finally! I saw no point in Chromecast broadcasting from my phone.
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