Today, Google introduced the new HD Chromecast device that is $20 cheaper than the previous 4K version. Stripping out ultra-high definition and Dolby Atmos support, the new 1080p Chromecast model comes in at a very affordable price of $29.99. This price makes it even cheaper than the original Chromecast from 2013.
The official name of the new device is “Chromecast with Google TV (HD)” and it allows you to stream content from all the popular streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Prime Video, YouTube and more. It comes with the now-familiar Chromecast remote, which has a built-in Google Assistant for voice controls.
The Chromecast HD runs Android 12 and supports the same features as the 4K model, minus 4K resolution and Dolby Atmos support. That said, it also offers AV1 decoding (to improve transmission reliability) and seamless virtual A/B updates (allowing the device to install updates without wasting storage space).
Google confirms to 9to5Google that the original Chromecast with Google TV (4K) will be updated to Android 12 in the near future. It’s great news for fans of the 4K version of Chromecast because there have been minimal updates since the service launched in 2020. The device launched with just 8GB of storage, which users quickly fill up with apps. The new update is expected to address longstanding issues stemming from that limitation.