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After years of selling its Chromecast devices, dumb media streamers that only work in conjunction with a phone, tablet, or computer, Google has finally launched a truly smart media streaming device: $50 Chromecast with Google TV. On paper, this thing has it all. Elegant remote control that balances functionality with simplicity, as well as support for 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos. As the name suggest, it still works as Chromecast for when you want to stream content to your TV directly from another device. The whole show runs on Android TV smart TV software that Google has been refining for years and which now has thousands of Streaming apps. And its price is pitch - perfect: $50 is what Roku charges for Streaming Stick + and what Amazon charges for its Fire TV Stick 4K. But all of these attributes simply mean that the new Chromecast has effectively reached parity with Roku and Amazon, with small argument that having a Chromecast build - in gives it an edge. Surely Google didnt wait all of this time just bring me - too device to the Streaming media table? No, it certainly didnt. Googles ace in hole and Chromecast with Google TV whole point of differentiation lies in those last two words of its title: Google TV. For some with long memories, that name evokes nightmarishly slow interfaces and poor design. Googles ' original Streaming media device, Nexus Q, featured Google TV as its operating system and reviews werent kind. But that was then. Today, Google TV isnt so much an operating system as it is a custom skin that runs on top of Android TV. It is Google's answer to content discovery and curation experiences that have overtaken grid - of - icons home screens in recent years. Apple built Apple TV app. Roku built Roku Channel. And Amazon has a Fire TV interface. Google TV follows in the footsteps of these competing interfaces by offering an easy way to browse the huge amount of streaming content that most of US have access to. It layers recommendations on top of this menu, and gives everyone the ability to create watchlists that move with you from TV to mobile. But the real piece de resistance of Google TV is its ability to seamlessly integrate YouTube TV, companys live TV Streaming service that has become a fan favorite with cord - cutters. Sure, YouTube TV is already available on a host of devices, including Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV, not to mention every major smart TV OS too. But none of these devices put YouTube TV front and center like the Chromecast with Google TV. This combo easy way to browse, discover and receive content recommendations, plus a fully integrated live TV Streaming service for those who use YouTube TV could be exactly what Roku and Amazon users have been waiting for. But it is also a one - way street.

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On Android

Google Chromecast 4 Sabrina is gearing up for a price war against Roku Streaming Stick Plus and Amazon Fire Stick. The new Android TV dongle could cost just $50 and it could be in stores as early as September 30. Google Sabrina's price is lower than expect, even below the previous model, third - gen Chromecast Ultra. And it matches the retail price of Roku Streaming Stick Plus and Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. Industry insiders believe the new Chromecast device would cost around $80. Best Streaming devices right now How to use Amazon TV Fire Stick Just in: Android scam affects nearly 60 Google Play apps. What to do Sabrina is a major overhaul of the Chromecast Streaming device and is Googles ' first in - house Android TV device since Nexus Player. The dongle has a stylish new, oval - shaped design and remote, which will make the device more user - friendly. Sabrina's launch was recently confirmed by FCC filings. 9to5google. Com found Sabrina's price on a since - deleted listing on Home Depot's website and Droid - Life also found a listing at Walmart for $60. An Android Police reporter spotted it for $60 at Target, as well as September 30 release date. Leaks have also revealed names of the dongle's three different colors: Summer Melon, Rock Candy and Como Blue. The first seems to be pink hue that's been seen in leaked marketing images, while the latter two could be similar to Google Nest Mini's Chalk and Sky colors. Along with the hardware redesign, new Chromecast device will support 4K and is also expected to come with a new version of Android TV called Google TV. The new UI includes YouTube TV and Nest integration, as well as Google Assistant features. Previous leaks have indicated the new interface will resemble the Fire TV Home Screen. See which wins in ExpressVPN vs Surfshark

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On Windows 8.1 devices

Next, it is time to Cast from your Device. On Windows 8. 1 PC, swipe on from the right or press Windows Key + C to access charms. Select device charm and and select project. Select Add wireless Display to begin adding Roku. This will only work if youre using a modern Windows PC that includes Miracast - compatible hardware. You should see your Roku in the list of Devices. Select it to Add it to your Windows PC list of available Devices. Windows will ask you to follow any instructions on your Roku, but that wo be necessary. After a few seconds, it should automatically connect and begin casting. On Android, open Setting Screen, tap Display, tap Cast Screen, and you should see Roku on the available list of wireless displays. Consult our step - by - step guide to casting with Miracast for more details.


Cast to the Roku

To begin casting again on Windows, Select Devices charm, tap Project, and youll see your Roku appear on the list if its nearby. Click or tap it to Project. Youll see Screen Mirroring splash Screen appear on your Roku, and then your Devices Display will appear on your TV. On Android, you can begin casting in the same way if you add Roku. You should also see it in your Quick Settings list. Either way, when youre do casting, just touch the Home button or practically any other button on your Rokus remote control. Itll instantly leave casting mode and display your Home Screen so you can begin watching something else.

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Winner (Installation): Roku

There is a lot going on here, so let's break it down: private listening mode and screen mirroring via Roku app, Apple Watch integration, Hotel and dorm room Connect for easy use while traveling Compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for smart speaker control Select mobile apps on Android can Cast to Roku, and this will expand to Apple Devices when AirPlay 2 is add via Roku OS 9. 4 Compatible with Amazons Luna subscription gaming service Alexa build - in for control of smart Home Devices Optional Ethernet adapter Connect to headphones or game controllers via Bluetooth casting of content from Android or iOS Devices Connect to accessories via Bluetooth Support for Googles Stadia subscription gaming service coming in 2021 Google Assistant build - in for control of smart Home Devices we suspect that as long as youre not gamer, Rokus collection of thoughtful extras make it winner. But, there is no denying that Google and Amazon's integration of both their Voice - base assistants and gaming services might make them better choice for folks who are already invested in one of these ecosystems. Fire TV Stick 4Ks Optional Ethernet adapter might seal the deal for those with poor Wi - Fi, but that is probably a small minority these days. Yeah, this one is going to be decided by you, not us.

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Winner (App): Chromecast

When it comes to apps, nothing comes close to Roku's massive 1 200 - Channel library. While some of those channels are definitely filler, there's ton of top tier content, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Pandora, Hulu Plus, mlb. TV, PBS, YouTube, Showtime Anytime, Time Warner Cable, Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player - list Go On. In Chromecast's defense, it has most of the major apps cover, including Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. And now that Google has released SDK, it's fair to expect that the number of new apps should increase. There is one big exception where Chromecast beat Roku in apps and that's Google's media ecosystem. Right now, Chromecast is pretty much your only option if you want to stream media from Google Play TV and Movies and Google Music. If you are all - in on Android for your media purchases, you re probably better off sticking with Chromecast.

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Winner (Ease of Use): Roku

All three Streaming devices will support 4K resolution at up to 60 fps. But their support for high dynamic range formats and advanced audio formats can differ substantially. Roku Streaming Stick + can support HDR10, and it lets Streaming apps pass Dolby Atmos. But it ca offer higher - quality HDR formats like HDR10 + or Dolby Vision, and it doesnt support HLG. Passthrough support for Atmos is good in that if you have an Atmos - capable TV, soundbar, or / V receiver, apps can send audio bitstream to these devices, which will then use that to let you hear Dolby Atmos sound. The problem is that some apps, most notably Netflix, wo allow Atmos passthrough. Fire TV Stick 4K appears to be the winner, with all four flavors of HDR onboard: HDR10, HDR10 +, HLG, and Dolby Vision, plus the ability to fully decode Dolby Atmos. But, for reasons we have yet to discover, Netflix also denies Fire TV Stick 4K access to Dolby Atmos soundtracks, forcing it instead to use Dolby 5. 1 It similar story for Google Chromecast with Google TV: Excellent support for HDR formats and Dolby Atmos. However, in this case, Dolby Atmos is passthrough - only, just like Roku. Give that Dolby Atmos support is similar on all three devices, it comes down to video formats. Technically, Fire TV Stick 4K should win because it has support for HLG in addition to other HDR flavors, but were not sure that was enough to declare victory. Well fence - sit bit here and say winner: Tie between Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and Google Chromecast with Google TV


User interface

Between physical remote, snappy interface, and robust mobile app, Roku Streaming Stick takes crown here. While Chromecasts attempt to make their interface as invisible as possible most of the time, fact that you ca pause video without connecting to your Chromecast is a huge drawback, and will probably confuse some users who are used to simple point - and - click remote. A simple, cheap remote might fix this, but Google does offer one. Meanwhile, Amazon's interface style is the same as Roku Sticks, but it does not execute nearly as well. Apps lack basic features like launching channels, and physical remote lack useful voice command unless you spend extra money.

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Winner (Apps & Channels): Chromecast

With Roku, you have your pick of seven different devices and prices, ranging from set - top boxes to plug - in sticks and wireless boxes. There are more than two movies and shows that Chromecast has, and a readily available interface that makes it easy to find what you want to watch. The remote makes it easy to either scroll or use your voice to control what you watch. With its Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra, Google brings different kinds of streaming experience. Instead of using a separate set - top box, Chromecast uses the power of your phone or computer to stream your content on your TV. It is a better pick for someone who prefers not to use remote control and instead use the convenience of your phone or computer. It is a modern solution for your TV. Roku gets our vote for user experience because its clean, easy - to - use interface makes it easy to find something good to watch. It runs off thousands of Apps that you can download for free. Many of these Apps are either free or sync up with your existing cable subscription. There are even games you can play, too. If you prefer to use your mobile phone to control your Roku, you can do that, too. Google Chromecast works as an extension of your phone. The Plug - in works with your computer or mobile phone to cast information wirelessly to your TV, so you never have to worry about finding a remote. Chromecast uses Apps, too, but you will quickly find that format changes pretty dramatically depending on whether you are using Android, iOS or computer. Roku is an external device available in several different formats. You can choose from wireless or set - top box or USB option that plugs directly into your TV. You receive 1080p Max playback resolution, but RAM varies on exact option you choose. This is the kind of RAM you can expect with each Roku model. Roku Express - 512 MB Roku Express + - 512 MB Roku Premium - 1 GB Roku Premiere + - 1 GB Roku Streaming Stick + - 1 GB Roku Streaming Sticki + HP - 1 GB Roku Ultra LT - 1 GB Roku Ultra - 2 GB Chromecast is compact USB device that still manages to pack quite punch. With up to 1080p resolution, all it needs is a wireless connection and a smartphone or computer. There is 512 MB of RAM with Google Chromecast, or you can get up to 1 GB of RAM with Google Chromecast Ultra. It has decent processing power, although it is not quite as much as the 2 GB of RAM that you get with Roku Ultra. Roku is pretty limited to its platform, so this is not going to be your pick if you plan on using your Smart device to mirror any content. This is a product line that is developed to work as middleman for all of your favorite services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, as well as networks like CBS, FOX, F / X, TBS, HBO, STARZ, and more.

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Winner (Cost): Roku

At the lower end, Roku and Chromecast devices with 1080p video playback are priced similarly. At the upper end, however, Chromecast Ultras price is similar to Streaming Stick + and Ultra. All of these are high - end devices with a wide range of advanced features and 4K Video playback. However, Roku also has a mid - ranged product, Roku Premiere for those who want 4K Video playback without additional Smart features or remote. Chromecast, however, doesnt have any such mid - range products. As such, you have more options when it comes to Roku and Chromecast devices. However, difference is minimal and shouldnt make a significant difference in your consideration.

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