Google launches Chromecast for $30 for users who haven’t made the jump to 4K yet

In short: Google has announced a new version of its Chromecast with Google TV at a lower price. The new Google Chromecast with Google TV (HD) features the same overall design as the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) launched in 2020 and even comes with the same voice-activated remote control. However, as the name suggests, it’s limited to 1080p HDR resolution at up to 60 frames per second.

The dongle is loaded with the full Google TV platform and provides access to over 10,000 apps including big players like HBO Max, Prime Video and Disney+ to name a few. The dedicated Google Assistant button on the remote can help find something to watch or answer everyday questions, just like other equipped devices.

Google’s new Chromecast is a great value deal for people who haven’t made the move to 4K yet, or perhaps for those looking to add smarts to a second TV in a guest room, back patio or garage.

While there will no doubt be plenty of people interested in the new offering, many were hoping Google would instead announce a new flagship Chromecast with more powerful hardware and additional storage. Both it and the new Chromecast HD come with just 8GB of onboard storage, which is on the lower end of the scale for a streaming device in 2022. An updated flagship model might still be in the pipeline, but we’ll have to wait a while for that.

Google’s new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is available now, priced at $29.99, which is five dollars cheaper than the original Chromecast. It’s only available in one color – white – while you can get the 4K variant in white, blue, or pink.

For a limited time, Google is also offering a free six-month subscription to Peacock Premium. The streaming service typically costs $4.99 per month and grants access to more than 80,000 hours of NBCUniversal content. Google launches Chromecast for $30 for users who haven’t made the jump to 4K yet

Chris Barrese

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