YouTube Music has announced a slew of new updates created in February and March to bring the platform up to speed with Spotify. The Kardashians finally have a new reality show, and here's how you can witness all of the sweet, sweet drama from anywhere on Earth. Android Central Android Central.
Grid List. Android Central Newsletter. Get the best of Android Central in in your inbox, every day! Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands. Receive email from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors. Thank you for signing up to Android Central. You will receive a verification email shortly. There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again. But now, Google is realizing it needs to compete in the modern streaming race. While the Chromecast is great for, well, casting, users are flocking to full-fledged TV experiences that help you find what to watch.
After years of offering an OS that does just that but never really caught on, Google is finally re-entering the streaming wars in a big way with Chromecast with Google TV — a media player that delivers the best of Chromecast and the best of Android TV in a distinctly Google way. Update, March This review has been updated with new alternative streaming device options.
You can still send things like movies, YouTube videos, and music directly to your TV from your phone or computer, just by having the Chromecast dongle plugged in. Google already offered a bonafide content streaming experience in the form of Android TV, but with no dedicated hardware of its own, it barely existed in the market.
To solve this problem, Google has fundamentally changed what the Chromecast is. Instead of simply being a target for content to be cast to, Google has loaded up the Chromecast with Android TV, giving it both casting capabilities, as well as a full-fledged media streaming interface. Google TV gives you access to all your favorite platforms in one place. The Movies and Shows tabs will break these subcategories down even further, and you can launch individual apps through the Apps tab if you want to.
To take the personalization a step further, Google also added a Content Preferences option in the Settings menu in an update. This feature gives you a bunch of content suggestions which you can swipe left to give a thumbs down or right to give a thumbs up. This clearly Tinder-inspired option gives Google an idea of what type of content to suggest in the future.
You can jump in to get a channel guide or pick something from the list. Overall, I am really digging the new Google TV interface. You can find pretty much any show, movie, or YouTube video super simply using Google Assistant for voice search, and being able to control your smart home with the Google Assistant is just icing on the cake. This will bring the Discover feed to all compatible Android TV devices, however, there are still some Chromecast with Google TV exclusive features, such as the ability to add content to a watchlist.
The message is that if you want the best media streaming experience from Google, you need the Chromecast with Google TV. Related: The best media streaming devices you can buy. Google TV will also now be an app on mobile. You can use this app to pick things to start playing directly on your TV or watch them on your smartphone. When the Chromecast with Google TV first launched, we called the inability to have more than one user profile its weakest feature.
It took months of waiting, and multiple reassurances from Google, but the fix has finally arrived. You can now build profiles for each member of your family, complete with recommendations tailored to your watching habits. The feature can also interact with Family Link. This rolled out in March in the US. It also comes in three distinct colors: Snow, Sunrise, and Sky.
See also: The 10 best Google products you can buy. Alongside the new dongle, Google has finally added the aforementioned remote to the Chromecast experience. The remote is powered by two batteries, which funnily enough, come in the same color as the remote itself. I would have liked to see a chargeable remote since batteries have become expensive and cumbersome, but this is all fairly common for streaming devices. I think it looks tacky.
Still, it is arguably the most popular of all the streaming platforms, and a partnership is a partnership. I think adding a remote to the Chromecast experience was a great call.
Search for titles to see which streaming apps offer them. See the latest releases Buy or rent the newest movies and shows right in the Shop tab. Purchases are stored in your Library and can be downloaded to watch when you're not connected. One list for all your discoveries Add interesting shows and movies to your Watchlist to keep track of your new discoveries and view them later. The Watchlist is shared between all your devices, so you can even add to your Watchlist from your TV or phone and laptop through Search on any browser.
Use your phone as your remote With a remote built right into the app, you can find something great to watch even when the couch has eaten your remote. Pantaya is a service only available in the US. Separate subscriptions required for certain streaming services or access to certain content. Reviews Review policy and info. View details. Some features and devices may not be available in all countries.
Subject to availability. Minimum OS requirements are available at g. To view content in 4K, a 4K-capable TV and reliable broadband internet connection are also required. Subscription s are required to access certain content. Access to the Google TV kids section requires that your child have either a Google account or profile managed with Family Link. Subscription required.
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Discover something new. Spider-Man: Homecoming Starz. Curate all your movie nights. Ted Lasso Apple TV. Add to your watchlist on the go. Sportscenter YouTube TV. Nature YouTube. From breaking news to the season finale, tune into live TV with just a click. Set kid-friendly filters for apps, movies and shows. TV that goes beyond TV. Dim the lights. Show me the front door camera. What's the weather tomorrow? Make your living room a theater. See what's happening outside.
Enjoy those vacation photos. Ask the important questions. Make Google TV yours.
Chromecast with Google TV is much more than just a streaming stick with a remote. One of the best streaming devices there is. A Google TV™ or Android TV™ are TVs that use the Android Operating System (OS) from Google Inc. Android TVs have been included as part of. So, are we talking about Google TV, the newest Chromecast dongle? Or the UI skin on Android TV? Look, I could do a whole article about the.