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Google is preparing Chromecast HD, a cheaper version of the version with Google TV

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Google is preparing to launch a new Chromecast device with Google TV software. Unlike the existing model, the new one will be called Chromecast HD and will not enable 4K playback.

Therefore, it will be intended for devices with Full HD screens. Despite these limitations, the new device might have some advantages over its older “brother” that was launched a few years ago. Being a newer product, it will benefit from newer software.

The Chromecast HD has not been officially announced yet, but software packages that can be installed on the device have already found their way into the hands of software developers. Kuba Wojciechowski has tweeted screenshots of these software packages, calling the new device the Chromecast HD and confirming that it runs Android 12 out of the box. In comparison, the Chromecast with Google TV (4K model) is already running Android 10, and it’s unlikely to get a newer version anytime soon.

The reason is that it only has 8 GB of internal storage, which is too little to download and install a newer Android version. The device also can not install updates via “streaming”, which Google calls A/B updates, where packages are installed directly without downloading them first. However, the new Chromecast HD has another drawback that could lock the device on Android 12.

Google’s new Android requirements require a minimum of 2 GB from RAM, to upgrade to Android 13. The Chromecast with Google TV (4K) has 2 GB RAM, but does not have enough storage to install a new update. However, the Chromecast HD will not have enough RAM for Android 13, as it only has 1.5 GB. However, Android TVs may not have the same limitations as phones.

It seems that the remote control of the new Chromecast HD is identical to the previous model on the software side, so we do not expect any new upgrades or design changes, while the connectivity remains Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.2.

The Chromecast HD should be officially announced in the coming weeks, as it has already gone through the regulatory approval process. It will likely be offered at a lower price than the existing model.

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