New Chromecast with Google TV Review – Read Before You Buy (2022)

Chromecast with Google TV Review

This new Chromecast with Google TV Review was written by Troy from TROYPOINT after using the Android TV dongle on a regular basis for three days.

This streaming device was purchased by Troy and Google is not providing any type of payment or affiliate revenue for this post.

This review is unbiased and you will see that I point out both the good and bad regarding the Chromecast with Google TV streaming device.

New Chromecast with Google TV

We’ve been waiting a long time for Google to release a new Android TV system.  The last one was the Nexus Player that was released in November of 2014.

Yes, Google has successfully released numerous Chromecast models but they all required the use of an external device such as a phone or tablet to use them.

The earlier Chromecasts would allow users to cast media from a phone, tablet, or computer to a television.

Although this was a great idea at the time, devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku quickly moved consumers into their product line due to the remote control experience.

Although we cover Roku devices on this Website, we don't recommend them due to their closed system.  We recommend the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K due to its low price and ability to easily Jailbreak it which will allow for free movies, TV shows, live channels, sports, games, and more.

The Chromecast with Google TV is a streaming dongle that supports up to 4K HDR resolution.


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This device is different from the other Chromecasts in that it comes with a remote control so you aren’t required to use your phone or tablet to cast media to your television.

This new Chromecast can be found within our lists of Best IPTV Boxes and Best Streaming Devices.

Chromecast with Google TV connected to television

Although you can still cast with both Android and iOS devices, this new user interface centers around the remote control and new Google TV experience.

You may use the Google Assistant button on the remote to quickly search for shows and perform other tasks with your voice.

The new Google TV user interface provides personal suggestions based on your subscriptions, viewing habits, and content that you own.

We’ve seen this same type of idea in the TiVo Stream 4K through their TiVo Stream application.

The Chromecast with Google TV is running Android TV (Android 10) as the operating system and you can think of Google TV as a shell that aims to provide a better user experience.

As of this post, the Chromecast with Google TV costs $49.99 / £59.99 / AU$99.

Setting Up the New Chromecast with Google TV

Setting up the Chromecast with Google TV was extremely easy.

Since I use an Android phone, I chose to use that for linking my Google account so I didn’t need to play hunt and peck on the virtual keyboard.

I opened the Google Home App, scanned the barcode, and I was on my way!

UtechSmart USB C Hub

After a few additional setup screens, I was greeted with the new Google TV interface.

Google TV user interface

Important Note: After setting up your new Chromecast device, you will want to go through our updated jailbreak tutorial below!

How to Jailbreak Chromecast with Google TV

Google TV

Those who have used Android TV products such as the NVIDIA Shield, TiVo Stream 4K, and MECOOL KM3 will be a bit confused when first seeing the Google TV user interface.

Yes, Android TV is powering this device, but Google TV is the new user interface that’s being used.

In my opinion, there are pros and cons of Google TV.

Pros

  • If you subscribe to paid services such as Netflix and Hulu you will receive personal recommendations based on your viewing habits/subscriptions
  • Can arrange application shortcuts
  • Organization of the screens works great with the following sections; Search, For you, Movies, Shows, Apps, Library
  • Settings seem identical to Android TV so we can still make necessary tweaks and enable developer options
  • YouTube TV support

Cons

  • Can’t arrange categories on each page like you can in barebones Android TV
  • If you don’t use popular paid services, Google TV probably won’t be useful
  • Installing a new Android TV launcher doesn’t work well

There are two types of users who use streaming devices such as the Chromecast with Google TV.

The first is someone who subscribes to premium services (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, et.).

The new Google TV layout will be perfect for those people and the recommendations will be a huge hit I would imagine.

The second user is someone who doesn’t subscribe to services, uses free APKS, unverified IPTV services, or Plex Media Server.

For those people, the new user interface will provide hundreds of shortcuts for items that they will never use.

There is no doubt that this new streaming device caters to those who pay for the premium streaming services.

As of this writing, there is no way to revert to basic Android TV but I’m sure some sort of mod or rom will arrive that will allow us to do so in a short time.

I personally prefer the Android TV layout over the new Google TV interface.

Internal Storage

I would imagine that the Amazon Fire TV Sticks will be the biggest competitor for the Chromecast with Google TV.

The biggest complaint about the Fire TV Stick lineup is the lack of internal storage.

The Fire TV Stick 4K only comes with 8GB of storage and only 4 to 5GB of that is available after their system apps are loaded which you can’t uninstall.

The Chromecast with Google TV only comes with 4GB of internal storage and only 2.2GB is available after their system apps have been installed.

This is crazy.

Users won’t be able to install very many apps and games with only 2.3GB of space.

Thankfully, I’ve had success using a USB C hub with passthrough power so I can attach additional storage.  I can even expand internal storage as well which is nice.

More on the USB-C hub below.

Best USB-C Hub for Chromecast with Google TV

IMPORTANT NOTE: A new update is now available for all Chromecast with Google TVs that will increase your internal storage.

Watch the video below to learn how to update this device and add over 500 MB of storage.

Sideloading Applications on the Chromecast with Google TV

I used the TROYPOINT App with the Rapid App Installer and installed all of the most popular APKs and my favorite IPTV service.

I also installed the newest version of Kodi on my Chromecast with Google TV.

Everything worked as expected with no problems whatsoever.

It’s great to see that this device allows for running apps not available through Google Play Store.


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One thing that is a bit different on this device than others is that you must enable Developer Options before you can turn on unknown sources for sideloading.

How to Install Apps from Unknown Sources

Click Settings.

Click Settings

Click System.

Click System

Select About.

Click About

Click Android TV OS build approximately 7 times until you see a message that Developer Options have been enabled.

Click Build 7 times

Go back until you see the Apps menu item, click that.

Click Apps

Click Security & Restrictions.

Click Permissions

Push right arrow to move to right side of screen where apps are located.

Turn on Unknown Sources

Turn on unknown sources for each app that you want to assign this functionality.

Turn On

Download Speeds

Unfortunately, this device does not come with an Ethernet adapter, however they will be selling one in the near future but it won’t support Gigabit speeds.

In the wired tests below, I connected my UtechSmart USB C Hub with Gigabit Ethernet adapter.

Ethernet Speeds

I used Analiti Speed test app for the following tests.

I have 1 GB Fiber download speed plan through my Internet Service Provider.

During the WiFi tests, I am connected to the 5Ghz band on my Asus AC3100 Router.  This router resides in the same room as my Chromecast with Google TV (approximately 20 feet away from the wireless router).

I’m using IPVanish VPN as my VPN on Chicago Server 04 (chi-a04).

Ethernet via UtechSmart USB C Hub with Gigabit Ethernet

VPN On: Download = 76 Mbps & Upload = 59 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 326 Mbps & Upload = 125 Mbps

WiFi

VPN On: Download = 71 Mbps & Upload = 43 Mbps

VPN Off: Download = 333 Mbps & Upload = 123 Mbps

Download Speeds

As you will see above, the WiFi chip in this device is outstanding.

It’s performing the same as the external Gigabit Ethernet on the USB C hub that I used for testing purposes.

For instructions on how to install a VPN on a Chromecast, refer to our tutorial below.

How to Install VPN on Chromecast with Google TV

Gaming

I installed a few games through Google Play Store and they all worked great with no lag.

Google’s new streaming game service called Stadia isn’t currently supported on this device but it is slated to be available sometime in 2021.

I sideloaded the Stadia app and it installed just fine but things aren’t working 100%.  It was a bit choppy and I had problems getting back to the main Stadia home screen after claimed a game.

Stadia on Google TV

If you would like to try Stadia on this device, you can install through Downloader App with the shortcut troypoint.com/stadia.

You must have a Stadia account setup to use the app.

I’m curious to see how the Stadia service adopts to the new Chromecast with Google TV in the future.  It seems that Google is putting a lot of faith into this streaming game service.

USB C Hub With Passthrough Power

As mentioned earlier, I connected a UtechSmart USB C Hub with Gigabit Ethernet adapter which allowed me to add additional USB storage and connect to network directly through Gigabit Ethernet port.

UtechSmart USB C Hub

This combination works great and the included power adapter provided enough power to run my SanDisk 256GB USB 3.0 drive and the onbaord Gigabit Ethernet Adapter at the same time.

Some have expressed a need to upgrade the power supply due to the fact that it wasn’t powerful enough to power all of their external devices.

I also ordered the Aukey USB C Adapter with Gigabit Ethernet port.  Unfortunately, the Ethernet didn’t work for me on this device.  So, not all USB C hubs will work but this UtechSmart USB C model is working great.

Others have reported success in connecting webcams, keyboards, and other peripheral devices by way of a USB C hub.

Video coming soon on this setup.

Chromecast with Google TV Photos

New Chromecast with Google TV Specs

Google has been very hush about the specs for this device.  It seems like they are trying to hide something and I think it is the small amount of internal storage.

Many have reported that internal storage is 8GB but that is not true.

I took a deeper dive into the system components by using the AIDA64 app which is available through the TROYPOINT Rapid App Installer.

CPU: Quad Core ARM Cortex-A55

GPU: ARM Mali-G31

RAM: 2GB

Storage: 4GB

OS: Android 10.0 (Android TV)

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)

Ports: HDMI to plug directly into TV & USB Type-C power

Resolution: Up to 4K HDR, 60 FPS – Supports resolutions up to 4K and high dynamic range (HDR)

Video Formats: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+for stunning picture quality.

Audio Formats: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Atmos

Bluetooth Version: 4.2

Dimensions & Weight
Length: 6.4 in (162 mm)
Width: 2.4 in (61 mm)
Height: 0.5 in (12.5 mm)
1.9 oz (55 g)

Colors
Snow
Sunrise
Sky

Voice Remote
Dimensions
Length: 4.8 in (122 mm)
Width: 1.5 in (38 mm)
Height: 0.7 in (18 mm)
Sensors
Accelerometer
Connectivity
Bluetooth®
IR to control TV, soundbar, or receiver
Weight: 2.2 oz (63 g)
Mic: Integrated microphone for Google Assistant
Power: 2 AAA batteries included
Compatibility: Requires Chromecast (Google TV)

What’s in the Box

What's in the Box

  • Chromecast with Google TV
  • Power Adapter
  • Remote Control
  • 2 AAA Batteries
  • Quick Start Guide

Final Thoughts

I’ve been extremely satisfied with video playback from this device, with no problems whatsoever.

I’m not a big fan of using voice commands but I do like Google Assistant which is integrated and there is a dedicated button for it on the remote.

Speaking of remote, there are no play, pause or stop buttons so users will need to click the OK button on the remote and then click the playback bar on the screen.

Even without those buttons, I do like the remote control.

The WiFi chip that comes packed in this unit is extremely powerful.  I got some great download speeds with my VPN on and off.

There is no Ethernet adapter but not sure how big of a deal-breaker that will be due to the great WiFi reception I’m getting on this.

From what I can see, there isn’t any bloatware that comes on the Chromecast with Google TV.  Plus, you can uninstall any apps that come preinstalled which is fabulous.  This somewhat helps alleviate the small internal storage but not completely.

My biggest problem is the lack of internal storage on this device.  I say this due to the numerous complaints that we see regarding the Fire TV Stick lineup which comes with 8GB.  This comes with half that!

Yes, we can connect a USB C hub to provide additional storage but do people really want to pay an additional $30 plus $10 to $30 for a USB drive?

But, I would point out that support for peripheral devices is a huge plus.

My USB C adapter allows me to connect a USB drive that can be mounted as internal storage.  I can also connect an Ethernet cord to the hub as well and enjoy Gigabit speeds.

The Google TV user interface is geared for those who use the paid services such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, etc.

For those cord-cutters using the free APKS, Kodi, Plex, and unverified IPTV services, this won’t be very beneficial.

Most Google devices allow for access to the bootloader so I’m hoping for an option to root this device in the near future.

By doing this, we will have the option to use barebones Android TV which I personally enjoy better than Google TV.

I have a feeling that there will be some custom ROMs and hacks that come out for this device that could be very interesting.

For now, I’m kind of up in the air on how to rank the Chromecast with Google TV.

The pros and cons that I personally list below might not coincide with other users.  Again, all of this is personal preference when it comes to your viewing habits.

Pros

  • Simple setup
  • Excellent video playback
  • Strong WiFi chip
  • Can expand internal storage and connect additional peripherals including Gigabit Ethernet adapter via USB C hub
  • 2GB RAM
  • Built on Android TV architecture
  • Google Assistant works well
  • Integrates with Google Home products
  • Based on past Google products will hopefully have option to root and change additional system settings
  • Quality remote control
  • Google TV great for those who subscribe to paid video services

Cons

  • 4GB internal storage
  • No Ethernet connection (adapter will be available but only up to 100Mbps transfer speed)
  • Google TV not good for those who don’t use paid services
  • No play, pause, stop buttons on remote
  • Takes some time to boot up

Where to Buy Chromecast with Google TV

Your best online options to buy the Chromecast with Google TV are directly from Google or Best Buy.

Buy Chromecast with Google TV from Google Website

Buy Chromecast with Google TV from Best Buy Website

If you don’t want to order online, you should also be able to purchase this device through stores that carry Google products.  If the Chromecast with Google TV is available on a store’s website for purchase, it’s probably available in the store itself.

Google Store

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chromecast with Google TV better than Fire TV Stick 4K?

I would say that this is a toss-up. I like both of them equally but I see the Chromecast becoming more favored in the future due to possible root access and/or ROMs that will become available.

Can you sideload apps onto the Chromecast with Google TV?

Yes, see my screenshot guide above for allowing for unknown sources.

Does a VPN work well on Chromecast with Google TV?

Yes, extremely well. See my speed tests above with IPVanish VPN both through WiFi and Ethernet.

How much does a Chromecast with Google TV Cost?

Currently, the Chromecast with Google TV is priced at$49.99, however, it is oftentimes available at a discounted rate.

I rate the Chromecast with Google TV 4.5 stars out of 5.

Our Score

Tell us in the comments section below what you think of this new streaming device.  If you already have one, let us know how you like it.

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24 thoughts on “New Chromecast with Google TV Review – Read Before You Buy (2022)”

  1. Eric Etheredge

    I bought this Chromecast model yesterday and so far, I have not experienced too many issues. The set up was easy. Overall, the quality of the picture seems better than on my Amazon Firestick 4K Max in my opinion. I am using both the Chromecast and Firestick on a 70″ 4k Vizio which we bought a couple of years ago. This TV also has built-in Chromecast and we have used it before, but it’s not customizable to allow for other streaming apps, etc. The quality of the picture on the TV-based Chromecast is very good too, but again, the customization limitation is present. So that’s why I decided to experiment with this Chromecast.
    I will post more, but my initial assessment is that it is a worthy alternative to the Firestick, but I plan on making additional changes such as increasing storage and also making some tweaks. My only hope is that Google will keep developing the Chromecast model and allow us to upgrade the OS as time progresses. Right now, it’s at Android 10 and I would like to be able to update to 12 sooner rather than never.

  2. Hi Troy, I can’t install the Rapid App Installer. I try to tap on the ‘CLICK HERE FOR IMMEDIATE ACCESS’ button but it won’t do anything. Not sure what else to do.

  3. So to hook up external storage, I just need to hook up a Usb drive to a hub with pass through charging with at least 60w? Does the usb drive need to be formatted?

  4. I have a Spectrum cable subscription so I only use devices like this for the paid services like Hulu and Netflix. But my biggest issue with Amazon Fire TV is that they do not have a Spectrum TV app so it’s pretty useless to me, especially since I can’t even watch the ESPN app on it because of all the buffering. That’s a different discussion since the ESPN app is the only app I have a buffering issue with. But my question is simple, does this Chromecast device come with a Spectrum TV app?

  5. Troy: Maybe you can confirm but I thought the Chromecast with Google TV had 8GB total storage of which 4.4Gb was available to the user (3.6Gb for system file storage)? If so, it’s pretty much equivalent to the fire TV3, storage wise (2 and 8) and a little more than the sticks (1.0-1.5 and 8)?

  6. I’ve had the Chromecast for a couple days and generally agree with Troy’s review. I find it snappier than the 4K Stick and benchmark tests bare this out. Chromecast beats the 4K Stick and TiVo, but not hugely. The extra .5 gig of RAM should help with buffering. I find the power cord rather short when trying to connect to my wall mounted LG tv. If your tv is on a console with plug in the back you should be ok. I’m looking for a longer power cable so I can hide the cord. I’m also considering a powered USB C hub with an HDMI plug in instead of Ethernet. Although I prefer a wired connection Troy convinced me the WIFI route is near equal in performance to Ethernet. Side-loading APKs is easier on this device as well as expanding memory via a hub versus the stick. A criticism of the Chromecast is that it wouldn’t work when I tried to plug it into an older model Bose sound bar. My Amazon Cube version 2 works just fine, which has me scratching my head. I subscribe to YouTube TV for reliable local news and sports programming. This device works great for paid subscriptions as Troy said, but also for streaming. Diggz build works great on it, but with limited internal storage a streamer will want to expand storage.

  7. Hi, Can you provide comment on the wifi login that it provides. can you login via a browser like most hotels have for example? This lack of feature has always limited my use of it when travelling

    1. As a test last week, I took the unit to a Hampton Inn. I plugged it into a Samsung TV HDMI port. Of course, I got the alert that there was no Wifi connected. I went to the wifi setup using the remote and found the hotel wifi. When I selected it and connection was made, I got a notice I needed to sign-in. I selected that notice and a simple browser opened. I was able to click on the appropriate fields and enter the required info. I was then given access. I was able to use all my apps and even connect back to my Plex server at home.

      This MAY not work at every hotel! One test does not cover every potential case. I would also install TV Browser from the Play Store as no browser is loaded my default. This SHOULD allow you to login as well. YMMV. Pfuffin browser might also work.

  8. Troy since Google is one of the biggest “accumulators” of Big Data, what will be the safety level of running other apps on their device? I always have this question for them, as well as Amazon, even though I run a VPN. Do you have any insight into this issue?
    Thanks!

    1. I agree with you. You can opt out of personalized adds and sending data back to Google, anonymously? There aren’t any other settings I could see to protect your privacy. A VPN will shield you from your IP provider, but not sure about big brother. If you have a Google account already there are several settings you can tweak directly within Google via a mail account or other Google apps.

  9. Troy, have you tried using cinema on the Google TV? Any recommendations?? It is SUPER slow and laggy. Even setting “low profile” mode in settings does not seem to be doing anything.

  10. Do you think there is a feasible configuration to use your Chromecast device as a video call interface to/through your HDTV if connected to a camera via USB-C? I’ve been searching for years for a method for my parents to use their voice to call me through a peripheral camera and a giant HDTV screen so they can actually see the family.

  11. Google will be shipping it in the UK from 16 October at a cost of £59.99.
    Google initially sold out of the basic model quickly and there appeared to be a surplus of Netflix models available. Disappointed to learn it is only 4GB internal storage. Amazon Firestick takes some beating, so I will be interested to see how it compares when it arrives on the 16th. Keep up the good work Troy.

  12. My pref is leaning toward the TiVo 4,k. Still work to be done there however I’m a big fan of the old tv os from Google. I can see where this is so going, so much streaming now that Google is leading the herd down the path without them even knowing it. I’ll resist as long as possible.

  13. Here in Canada the price is set at 69.99 and the release date is Oct.15,2020.Everyone is taking pre-orders and shipping or releasing on that date.

    1. At the same price as a 4K stick in Canada? I’d give the nod to a 4K stick for more storage. Yes, I can expand it but I’m not sure I’d want all that hanging off the side or back of my TV. Yes, I’ll get one to try it out. Hopefully, we will see an upgraded model with more storage.

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