Chromecast with Google TV revamps Google's dongle at $50, available in US now
Taking a cue from Apple TV, Google has introduced a new entertainment experience called Google TV that will be available first on the new Chromecast dongle beginning with the US.
The Chromecast with Google TV comes with a remote and plugs right into the TV's HDMI port.
The dongle is available for $49.99 in the US and will reach more countries by the end of the year.
Google TV will also be available via the new Google TV app, which has started to roll out to Android mobile devices in the US as an update to the "Google Play Movies & TV" app.
Google TV is compatible with more than 6,500 apps built for Android TV OS so users can access favourites across gaming, fitness, education music and more.
"The support for Stadia (Cloud gaming service) is coming in the first half of 2021," Shalini Govilpai, Senior Director, Google TV, said in a blog post on Wednesday.
"Google TV's Watchlist gives you one easy place to bookmark movies and shows you want to save for later. You can even add to your Watchlist from Google Search on your phone or laptop, and it will be waiting on your TV when you get home," she informed.
Live TV integration is available now with a YouTube TV membership in the US, which includes more than 85 channels, a DVR with unlimited storage space and more.
Starting in 2021, Google TV will also be available on televisions from Sony and other Android TV OS partners, the company announced.
Google TV will also be available on Nest Audio and new Pixels devices.