- The retail packaging of the new Google Chromecast has appeared in a video.
- It confirms the Google TV software and some specs.
- It also shows the design of the streaming dongle and its remote.
Google’s upcoming Android TV streamer has appeared in multiple leaks over the past few months, including a recent one that revealed all of its specs. Now, Google’s first streaming dongle with a remote control and baked-in Android TV has appeared in a quick video on Reddit (via jSterninja). No, we don’t get to see it in its entirety, but we get a pretty good look at its retail packaging which confirms previous rumors.
The first thing you’ll notice (see video below) is the name of the dongle along with an image showing both the streamer and its Google Assistant-enabled remote. It’s a Chromecast with Google TV. Many believe that Google TV is a rebrand of the existing Android TV platform. It’s strange because Google retired the Google TV moniker five years ago in favor of the Android TV name. The company also recently announced the Android 11 update for Android TV, with no mention of a rebranding.
Nevertheless, the leaked retail packaging confirms that Google TV is indeed a thing, whether it’s a rebrand of Android TV or not. Text on the new Chromecast’s box says that Google TV “puts all your entertainment in one place, so it’s easy to find what you want.” The software will also offer recommendations for streaming and tell you which streaming services house those titles.
Elsewhere, the leaked Google Chromecast retail packaging shows that it supports 4K and HDR streaming and works with both Android and iOS platforms. There’s no price on the box, but you can expect to shell out around $50 for it. The new Chromecast will be announced on September 30 at Google’s Pixel hardware event.