The Chromecast is a fantastic gadget, but by no means perfect. There is much that can be improved. This is our wish list for the next Chromecast. Google, are we reading along?
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Wish list for the new Chromecast: 5 new features
The latest Chomecast was released at the end of 2020, but not in the Netherlands. Fortunately, you could easily get the dongle, which is called Chromecast with Google TV in full, via gray import.
We did the same a year ago and in general we are (still) very satisfied. As far as we are concerned, the Chromecast offers an unprecedented price-quality ratio. But, of course, perfection does not exist and there is always room for improvement. That is why in this article we share our wish list for the next Chromecast.
Also check our review of the Chromecast with Google TV
1. Google TV must grow up (in the Netherlands)
Officially, the latest Chromecast has never been released in the Netherlands. The dongle does work here, but not always as it should. For example, if you place the American home screen next to its Dutch colleague, you will notice that the former is much more extensive.
That’s because Google TV is not yet optimized for the Dutch market. For example, the ‘Live’ tab is not visible on the Dutch Chromecast, as is the ‘For you’ window. On this tab, Google (in the United States) presents a personal list of suggestions for series and movies. So this one (still) passes us by and that’s a shame.
2. Language Lesson for the Google Assistant
Furthermore, it would be to Google if the Assistant gets a language lesson. With the current Chromecast, you clearly notice that the speech assistant is less advanced than on the smartphone.
For example, commands only work in English, so you often get confusing results when you pronounce Dutch terms. Also viewing suggestions, through which the Assistant recommends you, for example, a good horror or laughter film, is not yet available here. Hopefully the next Chromecast will speak ‘normal’ Dutch.
3. Smart Watch List
How nice would it be if the new Chromecast made one watch list for you? Now you still have to make this list yourself, but the device could also look at the separate lists in your apps. For example, by putting the watch lists of Netflix, NLZiet and YouTube in one list, this saves you work again.
Furthermore, could the watchlist be made a little easier to operate? Now when you start an episode of a series and turn it off after a few minutes, it will remain in your ‘Continue Watch’ screen. It won’t go away until you finish the episode, or watch enough other movies or shows. That should be easier right?
Also read: You probably didn’t know these 10 Chromecast tips
4. Switch Profile
Is your TV in the living room? There is a good chance that you are not the only one who uses the Chromecast. Because Google TV is basically built to offer you a personal experience, it would be useful to be able to switch profiles. This feature will be available next month.
In this way, recommendations, if they ever come into existence in the Netherlands, and watch lists of family members will not get mixed up. It would be very useful for families if a kids profile is also added, so that you do not have to activate this mode separately in apps.
5. Other wishes
Finally, we also have a very small, somewhat finicky wish for the new Chromecast. Purely from an aesthetic point of view, it would be great if Google could omit the adapter in a next version.
Now you are still obliged to connect it, because otherwise the dongle has too little power supply. You can of course hide this excellent cable in a neat way, but it would be even nicer if the next Chromecast ‘just’ gets its power from the TV.
More about the Chromecast
As mentioned, the Chromecast with Google TV has never officially been released in the Netherlands, but you can now buy it at Ziggo. The provider sells the dongle for 79.95 euros. This is about the same amount as many other Dutch web stores ask for the latest Chromecast. Still unsure about the purchase? Check out the video review below, in which we discuss all the pros and cons in detail.
Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.
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