Google has pushed out a model new streaming dongle—the Chromecast with Google TV. This new gadget was designed to be a one-stop answer for all of your audio and video streaming wants, and it’s half Chromecast, half Android TV, with an additional layer of Google TV on prime.
In the event you’ve by no means heard of it earlier than, you’re not alone. Google TV is a extra fashionable interface for Android TV, and acts as a second pores and skin in the identical approach that Samsung and OnePlus have a personalized model of Android on their cell gadgets.
Google TV may even substitute the Google Play Motion pictures & TV app on Android and iOS. This implies customers can have one uniform video interface throughout all of your gadgets, so you possibly can entry Google’s library, plus providers like Netflix and Hulu, in the identical place. If this sounds acquainted, that’s as a result of it’s—Google is now taking the identical method Apple did with Apple TV.
With this refreshed model of Android TV on board, the brand new Chromecast dongle can do greater than its predecessors—it will possibly run its personal apps and sync its personal content material moderately than relying in your telephone, and it has its personal separate distant.
Sit again, chill out, and also you’ll discover there are many cool options to discover with this new gadget.
1. Set up your entire apps
One of many methods Google TV improves on Android TV is bringing collectively motion pictures and exhibits from throughout all of the streaming providers you’re signed as much as, so that you’ll see a mixture of them in your suggestions and search outcomes.
For this to work effectively although, you’ll want to put in and signal into all the apps you subscribe to. Scroll alongside the highest navigation bar till you attain the Apps display, then scroll by means of the classes or run a seek for a specific app.
If you choose a movie or present that’s obtainable on a couple of of your streaming apps, Google TV offers you a alternative within the Methods to look at button—you may be capable of stream a movie on Netflix, for instance, or purchase it instantly from Google to look at everytime you need.
2. Construct up your watchlist
Your private watchlist could be a useful method to preserve observe of the whole lot you need to watch throughout your entire streaming providers. Choose a title from anyplace within the Google TV interface, then select Watchlist on the subsequent display so as to add it to your record.
You may view your watchlist from the Library part of the Google TV interface, and from the platform’s app on cell. You too can simply sort “my watchlist” into Google on the net, and so long as you’re signed in with the identical account, your bookmarked objects will seem.
Google permits this watchlist to observe you throughout gadgets, so while you seek for a film or TV present on the primary Google search engine on-line, you’ll see a Watchlist choice within the pane on the appropriate. Something you add from the net will get synced again to the watchlist on Google TV.
3. Enhance your suggestions
Google TV throws up loads of solutions for stuff that it thinks you’ll like based mostly on what you’ve watched prior to now. To enhance them, open up the itemizing web page for a film or present, then scroll proper to the thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons to inform Google what you considered it.
Be aware the Watched it? button as effectively—when you inform Google TV you’ve watched one thing, you received’t see it in your suggestions for what to look at subsequent.
4. Search together with your voice
The Chromecast with Google TV comes with voice controls for accessing Google Assistant and discovering new stuff to look at. Lengthy press on the Assistant button on the distant (the one with coloured spots), and communicate out your search requests—ask for motion pictures with Tom Hanks in them, humorous American sitcoms, or motion pictures from the Nineteen Sixties.
In the event you can consider a question, the Google TV interface can in all probability perceive it. In the event you want extra assist working a search, the filters on the prime of the display may also help you slender down the outcomes additional, and also you’ll be capable of see titles by style or by date, for instance.
5. Keep on Chromecasting
All of the concentrate on Google TV may make you neglect that your new streaming dongle remains to be a Chromecast. However you possibly can positively nonetheless use your telephone, pill, or laptop computer to beam motion pictures, music, and TV exhibits over to a much bigger display.
Perhaps you need to get an internet browser tab out of your laptop computer up in your TV, for instance. In Chrome, click on the three dots (prime proper) then Solid—you must see the Chromecast with Google TV seem if it’s on the identical Wi-Fi community.
6. Profit from your distant
The Chromecast with Google TV is the primary Chromecast to return with its personal distant management, so you must learn to use it. Open Settings by choosing your account profile image (prime proper), then select Show and sound, and allow HDMI-CEC so your TV activates and off similtaneously the Chromecast dongle.
Your TV might want to assist the characteristic, and also you’ll additionally want to show it on in your TV’s settings, however most units now include HDMI-CEC assist and have it enabled by default. You may see it referred to as one thing completely different, although—Samsung calls it Anynet+ for instance, and Sony calls it Bravia Sync—however ensure to test your TV’s directions when you’re undecided.
From the identical settings panel, select Remotes & equipment, then Arrange distant buttons. That approach, your Chromecast distant may even be capable of management the amount degree in your TV and swap TV inputs if wanted.
7. Rearrange the house display
You’ll discover a record of your put in apps on each the For you and Apps screens (chosen on the prime of the interface), however you don’t need to accept the default order Google TV places them in.
To maneuver your favourite apps to the entrance of the record for simpler entry, spotlight an app, then lengthy press on the choose button on the distant (within the middle of the circle). You’ll then be capable of select Transfer and reposition the app.