Until fall 2020, chrome cast from Google had always worked for Android TV, until they launched a new model with Google TV in order to show off their new interface for smart TVs. The problem is that this new Chromecast does not have enough power to offer a proper user experience.
Today it is better to buy the Nvidia Shield TV or TV Pro or even bet on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max, two devices that areThey far outperform Chromecast with Google TV. Although it seems that soon things could change.
A Google TV Box to compete with the Nvidia Shield TV
It is not the first time that we have heard rumors about the possibility of Google launching a new Chromecast with Google TV. Until now we knew that the big G was working on his next player. But, according to the information that has been leaked, it seems that Google is working on a new Chromecast with Google TV, which codenamed Boreal.
Regarding Boreal, no further data is available, so The hardware that the new Google TV device will carry is unknown. But it seems that one of the improvements it would have is hardware decoding support for the AV1 format. This is a specification that Chromecast with Google TV did not have, and that Android TV now needs natively.
But there are two details that allow us to suppose that this media player aims much higher than its predecessor. To get started, Google doesn’t change their product names if they’re just going to do a review. So if it were a Chromecast with Google TV and, say, more storage, it would still be a Sabrina model, which was the code name given to the first model.
On the other hand, when it was discovered that the codename of the first Chromecast with Google TV would be called Sabrina, mentions already found to this enigmatic Boreal model. Considering that the Chromecast with Google TV has been on the market for just over a year, it is unlikely that the company will launch its replacement soon. There is no point in releasing a slightly improved review of a product that cannot compete in its segment with solutions like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max.
The fact that the Chromecast with Google TV is so appreciated is due to its simplicity. But there is a huge demand for a high-end device that can compete with the Nvidia Shield TV series. Bearing this in mind, It is possible that the Boreal is a more vitaminized Google TV Box. Let us remember that in the past the manufacturer based in Mountain view has already presented the Nexus Player, or the Chromecast Ultra, so it would not be so far-fetched to think of the possibility that Google wants to launch a new multimedia device with these characteristics.
At the moment, they are nothing more than speculation, but it is clear that the fact that Google has given it another code name is because it is a differentiated product of the Chromecast family. And the idea that the Mountain View-based company plans to release its own Google TV Box this year makes perfect sense. Especially if it has enough power to compete with Amazon and Nvidia solutions.