Comparison of all 4K Android streaming devices from Amazon Fire TV, Walmart Onn, Google Chromecast, and Nvidia Shield TV

If you’re in the market for a 4K streaming device running Android, there have never been more options to choose from. Whether it’s running Google TV, Android TV, or Fire OS, you’ve got a wide selection of devices ranging from $20 to $200. Here’s a detailed table to compare all the specs of the most popular boxes, sticks, pendants, tubes, and cubes from Amazon, Google, Nvidia, and Walmart. Read more ›

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Google Chromecast HD down to $19.99 in possible fire sale since a new one is coming soon

The Google Chromecast HD is currently on sale for $19.99, which is just $2 shy of the lowest price it has ever been. This is the 1080p version, as the 4K version isn’t on sale. Some are calling this a fire sale to clear out existing stock since a new model is expected later this year. There have been hints of a new Chromecast in the works for some time, but now a source tells 9to5oogle that it is close to being released and will come with an updated remote. There’s no word yet on whether only a new 4K model will be released this year, which was last updated in 2020, or if we’ll also see a new HD model, which was updated in 2022.

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New unreleased Chromecast model makes its first appearance

Many people feel the Google Chromecast with Google TV, which was released in 2020, is long overdue for an update. It seems like Google may agree because 9to5Google has found evidence of a new unreleased model referenced in Google’s Home app. Read more ›

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Google TV devices now have full-screen autoplaying video ads like Fire TVs

Google TV devices have long had autoplaying full-screen video ads on their home screen, far before Amazon added them to Fire TV devices last year. However, those ads have always been for various TV shows and movies. Google has now crossed a new line of annoying by including full-length video ads for products and physical goods unrelated to streaming TV. As Reddit users thevincentasteroid and MMD3_ discovered, turning on a Google TV Chromecast device now blasts you with autoplaying video ads for fast food. Read more ›

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First signs of a new Chromecast with Google TV spotted

The original 4K Chromecast with Google TV was released in 2020 and is starting to show its age. Google released the 1080p Chromecast with Google TV late last year after months of leaks and rumors, but nothing has been found related to a new 4K model. That is, until now, since the first evidence of a new 3rd Chromecast model has been spotted. Read more ›

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Android 11 and 12 updates reduced the performance of the Nvidia Shield TV and Google Chromecast 4K

With the new 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube being released tomorrow, I decided this was a good time to refresh all the benchmark scores for all competing devices so that everything was on an even playing field, since scores can change over time due to software updates. While no device ever scores exactly the same as before when rerunning benchmarks, especially when years have passed between tests, the two scores are usually close enough to not make much of a difference. As I retested the streaming devices in my arsenal, it became clear that the scores that dropped the most were the ones from devices that updated from Android 9 and 10 to Android 11 and 12, like the Nvidia Shield TV and the Google Chromecast 4K. The performance hit, from software updates alone, was as much as 12% in one case. Read more ›

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New Chromecast HD has an Unlockable Bootloader from the factory

The new budget-friendly Chromecast HD from Google has been released and now that I’ve run it through a few benchmarks I’ve started digging deeper into what it has to offer. One surprising aspect of the 1080p Chromecast is that, much like Google’s Pixel phones, the Chromecast HD’s bootloader can be unlocked with the simple flip of an option in its settings. Read more ›

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2022 Google Chromecast HD Benchmark Scores — Compared to Chromecast 4K, Firesticks, Fire TV Cube, Nvidia Shield TV, Onn, MECOOL, Tivo, and more

Google released its 2022 Chromecast with Google TV HD this morning and I picked one up to see how it stacks up against all the popular Google TV, Android TV, and Fire TV streaming sticks and boxes from Amazon, Walmart, Nvidia, Tivo, MECOOL, and more. First and foremost, here are Geekbench CPU and GFXBench GPU benchmark scores to see how much raw performance power the new Chromecast HD has compared to its big brother, the Chromecast 4K, and all the other streaming devices I could get my hands on. Read more ›

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Google releases Chromecast HD as its 1080p streaming device for $29.99

As expected from numerous leaks, Google has released a non-4K version of its Chromecast streaming device. The Chromecast with Google TV HD, as it is officially called, provides what you’d expect from a budget streaming device with few surprises. At $29.99, the cheaper Chromecast competes directly with the Fire TV Stick Lite and Roku Express which cost the same. However, the Chromecast HD comes with the same remote as the 2020 Chromecast 4K, so you get TV power and volume controls on the remote, which the Fire TV and Roku do not offer at this price point. Read more ›

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New 1080p Chromecast leaks reveal SoC, RAM, Android verson, photos, and more

Google’s upcoming 1080p Chromecast has been steadily leaking since the start of the year. Most recently we learned that the new model would likely cost $29.99 and be released very soon. New information has now surfaced, including a lengthy understanding of the device’s hardware specs and images that reveal the device will look identical to the existing Chromecast released in 2020. Read more ›

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