As the Apple hype draws to a close, we can begin to concentrate on what Google could have in store. The business will have a Pixel event in Brooklyn, New York, the following month, and there are rumours that Google may also introduce its new Chromecast there.
Kuba Wojciechowski, a developer on Twitter who has a history of successfully decompiling Google’s software packages, is the source of the most recent leak. But the spec list makes the following Chromecast dongle seem like a low-cost alternative to the one already on the market, as Wojciechowski tweeted their thoughts on an apparent pre-release build for the allegedly Chromecast HD.
An Amlogic S805X2 chipset might be included with the Chromecast HD. The chip has open-source AV1 decoding functionality, which the current Chromecast with Google TV does not, as noted by 9to5Google. However, it is obvious that the chip is inferior than the one in the 4K-compatible model right now. It only supports 1080p video playback, so if you paid extra for YouTube TV that supports 4K, you wouldn’t be able to view those broadcasts in their entirety with this new gadget.
Additionally, the Chromecast HD is said to only have 1.5GB of RAM as opposed to the current device’s 2GB of memory, which makes us think that this dongle will be a lower-end model that will be less expensive for people to bring home and use to access the Google TV environment. Another pricing leak from earlier this month indicated that Google will charge roughly $30 for this gadget as opposed to $50 for the existing Chromecast variant. This product would be in direct competition with inexpensive solutions from Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV stick as well as third-party options that include Google TV with their dongles.
The software indicates that it is running Android 12, which is two generations newer than the present Chromecast with Google TV, which is still on Android 10. This is another factor that worries blogs and bloggers alike. According to 9to5Google, since Android 12 has built-in support for Virtual A/B, which Google developed to offer “seamless” upgrades to compatible devices, the gadget may have an easier time receiving updates than its predecessor. However, given Android 13 requires a minimum of 2GB of RAM, we’re still baffled as to whether it will support that version. On the other hand, with Google TV devices, that might not matter.
In due course, we anticipate learning more about the updated Chromecast. On October 6, Google is anticipated to make a number of gadget announcements, during which we’ll hear more about the upcoming Pixel smartphones, Pixel Watch, and other Google hardware products.