The Chromecast with Google TV we know today has been available since 2020, and is due for an update. As we’ve reported, that might be on the way, and it seems the Android TV 14 Beta is revealing what might be a new Chromecast remote for Google TV.
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The latest Android TV 14 Beta quietly went live this week in the Android Studio emulator, and within it is a video that shows a new remote that is almost certainly for a new Chromecast with Google TV. The distinct rounded shape and top-mounted navigation pad is effectively identical to the existing remote, but there are some key changes here.
The current Chromecast with Google TV remote has eight total buttons under its D-Pad for back, Assistant, Home, mute, YouTube, Netflix, and TV power and input. Volume controls are fixed to the right side of the remote.
This new remote design is simply an outline, but we can already see some distinct differences.
Under the D-Pad there are two round buttons, presumably still for back and Assistant. Along the left side there are three more buttons, which we’d guess are for home, mute, and one of the two app shorts. But, to the right, there’s a bigger button that, based on its shape, is almost certainly a volume rocker.
Perhaps more interesting is a new button along the bottom with a star icon. This icon is referred to as “magic” in the system files, and a short animation highlights it. While that’s as far as the existing files show us, it’s pretty clear this is related to the custom shortcut that appeared back in 2021 and seems to still exist in Android TV 14.
Likely, this remote is our first look at a new version of the Chromecast with Google TV, a device we reported was in the pipeline several months ago. However, there’s no direct evidence in this Android 14 build pointing to the new device.
It’s unclear when a new Chromecast could arrive, but it’s certainly something to look forward to. Android TV 14 is still in beta, only getting its second update this week. At the very least, a new Chromecast is not expected at October’s Pixel launch event.
Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.
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