Foreign media revealed the new Chromecast with built-in Google TV, which is expected to support the AV1 encoding format

The easy-to-use, easy-to-operate Google Chromecast media streaming device is a useful product for many households to use with their TVs. According to a report by foreign media 9to5Google, Google is preparing a successor to Chromecast with Google TV, codenamed “Boreal”.

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In 2020, Google will upgrade the Chromecast product line from a very simple media streaming device to an advanced product that can be installed with an app, with a dedicated remote control Chromexast with Google TV. The suggested price is US $ 49.99, equivalent to NT $ 1,385. This is the integration of two Google TV products – Chromecast and Android TV system, which supports 4K HDR streaming quality; and the software installed on media streaming devices based on Android TV system is Google TV, which can be combined with dedicated Use with remotes, Google Assistant, and more.

9to5Google recently reported that the Chromexast with Google TV successor model, codenamed “Boreal”, belongs to the same series as the Chromexast with Google TV codenamed “Sabrina”. While the report does not detail what consumers will expect from the new Chromecast in the future, the current product has some glaring shortcomings that are expected to be addressed on the new machine.

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First, the media streaming device has a measly 8GB of storage space for the operating system and all apps and updates. In fact, even an entry-level Android phone around $100 now has 64GB of storage space, while Chromexast with Google TV only has 8GB, which is not enough to install lightweight apps. The file size of some Android games has exceeded 10GB. Therefore, users cannot install and play their favorite games on Chromexast with Google TV.

Additionally, Chromexast with Google TV lacks support for the video encoding format AV1 (AOMedia Video 1). AV1’s superior video compression performance and open, patent-free features have won support from Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Samsung, Intel, Facebook, Arm, Hulu, and others. YouTube videos support AV1, and Google also builds the AV1 codec for its servers. In addition, as the deal with YouTube’s hardware partner is renegotiated, Google has included product support for AV1 as one of the items negotiated, which is said to be part of the dispute between Google and Roku.

Google preparing a new Chromecast powered by Google TV - 9to5Google

Since Chromecast with Google TV doesn’t support AV1, it’s very likely that Google will solve this problem with the next generation, as using the old codec will only incur more bandwidth costs, perhaps at Google I/O 2022 in the middle of this year. There is an opportunity to receive further information.