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Chromecast 4K Ultra Newest Details and Features

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Google’s new Chromecast Ultra just started shipping a few days ago, and it’s the first upgrade to Chromecast since Google released the Chromecast 2 model back in 2013. The new Chromecast Ultra is priced at $69, which is $35 more expensive than its predecessor was worth in 2013. The new Google gadget allows the user to stream 4K and HDR video on 4K TV displays.

The Chromecast Ultra has had its design changed significantly. The old device had a Frisbee looking Chrome logo on it, but this new one has a sleeker “G” logo. The second feature that catches the eye is the Ethernet port. This is a great addition because on the older model the user had to buy an adapter to use a stable Ethernet cable.

Even if the gadget is 4K compatible, customers should take note that there isn’t that much 4K content out there, at least for the moment. The 4K market is still fresh right now, but 4K videos seem to be the new trend, and we can expect content producers to up their game and start producing more 4K content.

We have taken a look at all the reviews surrounding the new Google gadget and we can clearly see that there isn’t any big difference. Both the Chromecast Ultra and its predecessor Chromecast 2 present the same quality video, with only minor differences. The Chrome Ultra seems to run videos a bit more smoother, and videos do load faster, but that’s about it.

This seems like a great opportunity for owners of Google’s Chromecast original mode to upgrade their device. Owners of Google’s Chromecast 2 might not have to upgrade their gadgets since the video quality seems to be same with both the products, the only important difference is that the new version of Chromecast loads videos faster, but that’s about it.

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  1. Very cool, but I’m assuming that if you have a UHD 4k tv with built-in Google Cast (e.g. Sony X930D) you have no reason to use this Chromecast Ultra, is that correct?

  2. What about support for AC3 audio – this was a glaring omission from both gen 1 and 2 Chromecasts, presumably as some part of a penny pinching exercise to save on licensing costs (gen 1/2 hardware *did* support AC3, it’s just that the software didn’t 🙁 ).

  3. So does this mean if I had a 4K UHD TV, and a Netflix account, which now has 4K UHD programming, and watch this on my TV through a current Version 2 Chromecast, it won’t actually be 4K UHD?

  4. Chromecast doesn’t actually stream from your smart device in most cases. Apps like Netflix, YouTube, Plex on your phone/tablet/browser use a remote control framework to discover the device, launch the corresponding web-based (HTML5/JavaScript) receiver app, and send commands. At that point, the device itself streams the video, and in many cases you can disconnect the controller and the video or playlist will continue playing. Homescreen features like Weather and Backdrop, which can pull from a variety of sources, also work when there is nothing streaming. So there is an OS that can run JavaScript and render video, although the storage capacity is limited to 256MB flash and half a gig of RAM. That and the HDMI-only output probably help bring the size and component cost down.

  5. No UHD is not 4x sharper than FHD, it does not have 4x the resolution, it can at best resolve 2x the fine detail.

  6. 4K TVs have onboard support for 4K Netflix, youtube etc. why someone should buy this chromecast if he can do everything with his TV

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