What the Chromecast lacks to be up to the best streaming players

We have been with him for more than a year Chromecast con Google TV, being the latest iteration of Google’s media players. While we wait for its successor, which is already under development by Google, we have thought about the aspects it should have to be the best device in its class.

Chromecast has been a revolution in the market. It is a device capable of playing content from the main streaming platforms, running games, and even receiving content wirelessly through external devices. These types of players are basically the best way to transform our television into a Smart TV. Currently, Chromecast competition is pretty toughwhich is why if the company wants to continue leading this sector, it would be quite good if it incorporated the aspects that we are going to talk about below.

It’s time to change design

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The design of Chromecast has not changed excessively. It is an oval device with a short cable that is connected via HDMI to the television. The company has already four generations of this deviceand while its design has been gradually changing, we think it’s time for Google to think about other form factors.

Currently we can find multimedia players in the form of dongles or set-top boxes. Usually, those with a larger form factor have better features and technical specifications, given the increase in space. If Google wants to stand up to high-end media players like NVIDIA Shieldperhaps it is a good time for the company to start adopting this type of format.

More power never hurt anyone

Chromecast has never been characterized by offering colossal technical specifications, precisely because it is a product made for a very large target. However, television technologies are advancing more and more, and having a complete set of features will always benefit the public to offer greater versatility.

Having a renewed processor and graphics unit to run system apps and games smoothly would be appreciated, since currently, even though it is the device that should be most optimized to run Android TV, still lags behind others in terms of performance. In addition, having a better processor will help the device offer better scaling to 4K in the image, something that at the moment leaves something to be desired.

Features that could expand your possibilities

Adapt the frequency of the TV to the content

Among the functions that could expand the possibilities of the Chromecast, we find it useful too the ability to change the native frequency of the television to adapt it to the content we are watching. This is something that was announced with the arrival of Android TV 12, but at the moment the current Chromecast does not yet count. The Apple TV supports this function, and thanks to this, by adapting to the frame rate of the content, the judder effect is eliminated.

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A native 4K interface

Another function that is not yet available in Chromecast but that would arrive with Android TV 12 is the possibility of having a native interface in 4K resolution. At the moment, only the content can be played in 4K if it allows it, but the interface is something else. Although it should be obvious to include, it is surprising how many devices do not offer a 4K UI.

Expand your storage without the need for adapters

Chromecast has always stood out for its simplicity when it comes to connecting it to the TV, however, today it can be somewhat basic in terms of functions. For example, currently the Chromecast does not have an option to expand its storage if not through adapters. This would especially benefit those who have numerous applications and content on their device.

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One Ethernet port and audio connections

The only existing connection in the third generation Chromecast and the one that includes Google TV is the HDMI to connect it to the television, in addition to the power port. Add audio options, or even an Ethernet port to improve the Internet connection of the TV would be a great addition.

Support for lossless audio formats

Chromecast offers a good variety of formats and codecs, but lacks a way to play content with lossless audio such as Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio. Although it is compatible with Dolby Atmos via passthrough, the device will have problems if it has to decode audio in higher fidelity formats like the ones mentioned above.

AV1 codec support

And since we’re asking, it wouldn’t hurt if Chromecast was also compatible with AV1one of the latest compression techniques that is being used on some streaming platforms like Netflix.

Possibility of playing via streaming at 4K 60fps and HDR

Finally, it is well known that the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is the most powerful player on the market, as well as being the only one that supports streaming games at 4K 60fps and HDR. If Google wants to compete in this sector, offering this type of solutions for the most gamers should also be a priority.

While there are no details yet on what Google’s next Chromecast will look like, it would be a great opportunity for the company to include these types of features. Another option would be market more than one modeloffering a more basic option and another aimed at the most demanding public.


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