We’ve been hearing rumors about the less expensive Chromecast with Google TV for months, and now a new leak is disclosing new software information, specifications, and even what appears to be the Chromecast HD logo.
claims to have obtained a whole software build for Google’s new Chromecast provides numerous information about the gadget. Kuba Wojciechowski is a developer on Twitter with a history of exploring Google’s software.
The device is referred to as Chromecast HD in the code, which is the first significant takeaway. Although it isn’t a 100% guarantee, it seems plausible enough that this is how Google would sell the product.
We also get a better look at the spec sheet after that. The smartphone will reportedly come with an Amlogic S805X2 chipset. This chip is a significant decrease from the 4K model but adds AV1 decoding functionality that the current Chromecast lacks. It obviously has a 1080p video output limit and lacks the S905X3’s raw capability in the Chromecast with Google TV. The device’s 1.5GB of RAM, a 25% decrease from the 4K variant, only serves to reinforce the notion of lower performance.
The software will be built on Android 12, making this the first Google TV 12 streamer, which is the other significant aspect of this. Android 10 is still the software foundation for the first Chromecast.
Despite the fact that it will be a less expensive device, it is apparent that Google has learned from some of the shortcomings of the expensive 4K variant.
The fact that this gadget will launch with capability for smooth virtual A/B updates with compression is the key takeaway. Updates will likely be made more frequently for customers as a result, as this method does away with the storage restrictions of the original Chromecast with Google TV. Updates can travel directly to partitions instead of having to first reach the user storage. Theoretically, there ought to be a significant boost in terms of updates, however big upgrades might not be affected. Future Android versions Android 13 raises the memory requirement for many devices will undoubtedly run slowly on 1.5GB of RAM and require 2GB.
Could Google use the same approach with the current Chromecast? Unfortunately, probably not, since new hardware would be needed.
On a similar point, reporter Kyle Bradshaw noticed that the Google Chromecast has recently passed through the Bluetooth SIG .
The price of Chromecast HD is anticipated to be around $30.
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