Chromecast with Google TV gets surprise update and important new features

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Chromecast with Google TV got a new update this week (Image: GOOGLE)

Chromecast owners with Google TV can install a brand new update from Mountain View company. This week, Chromecast users with Google TV reported that they could install a new firmware update: QTS1.210311.005. This latest patch, which was initially highlighted in a post on Reddit, weighs 166MB and brings security fixes and some new Chromecast features.

The most talked about addition with the latest Chromecast with Google TV update is the new advanced video control settings.

If you have an HDR TV, this feature is perfect for you as it allows you to manually switch between Dolby Vision or HDR and SDR.

Chromecast with Google TV users can then further lower the desired resolution and frame rates, with 4K telly users choosing from 60Hz, 50Hz, 30Hz, 25Hz, 24Hz or smpte speeds.

If you’d rather Chromecast with Google TV did all the work, the latest update brings HDMI hot plug improvements to detect the best TV settings available.

Elsewhere, the latest Chromecast update brings fixes for Bluetooth audio problems and the latest security fixes.

READ MORE: Chromecast with Google TV’s best feature is available for Sony Bravia TVs

Here’s a full list of the changelog for Chomecast’s most recent update with Google TV …

• Advanced Video Controls setting for detailed HDR formats, resolution / refresh rate and color formats

• HDMI hot plug enhancements help your Chromecast detect the best TV settings available

• Wi-Fi improvements for 5GHz and Mesh networks

• Improvements in Bluetooth audio that stutter in some apps

• HDMI-CEC can now be configured to turn on / off only the TV in the settings

• Security Update: Android security patch level to April 2021

Chromecast with Google TV HDR10 +

Chromecast with Google TV got support for HDR10 earlier this week (Image: GOOGLE)

Earlier this week, Google started rolling out the latest Chromecast with Google TV update step-by-step.

The release of the new update comes after Chromecast with Google TV also received HDR10 + certification this week.

So if you have a 4K television that supports that format and an Amazon Prime Video membership, then you can stream and enjoy the service’s HDR10 + offering on Chromecast.

Prime Video shows that support HDR10 + include The Grand Tour, Bosch, Fleabag, and many more.

Announcing the news, Google’s Matt Frost said, “Google is delighted to join the growing number of companies adopting HDR10 + and partnering with HDR + Technologies LLC.

“We envision HDR10 + as a key factor for Chromecast with Google TV and other platforms coming to market, and we look forward to helping our various industry partners achieve a great HDR experience.”

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Neela Josh
Neela Josh
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