Android TV Chromecast with Google TV vs Fire TV stick 3rd Gen

Android TV Chromecast with Google TV vs Fire TV stick 3rd Gen
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Android TV Chromecast with Google TV vs. Fire TV stick 3rd Generation review is for anyone who is a fan of media streaming technologies. We shall be comparing and contrasting these two media gadgets in two different phases. This shall be in terms of their individual specifications. Take a look below.

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Android TV chrome cast with Google TV

Android Chromecast with Google TV with a Google media streamer which comes with a remote and a brand new interface based on Android TV. The new features to the Chromecast with Google TV make it much more than just a streaming stick with a remote. It comes with an advanced and sensible interface and a bunch of new Android TV upgrades.

The Design

Chromecast with Google TV is just a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port on your TV. However, this one is accompanied by a small remote control. It’s of an oval shape, portable enough to fit in your palm. One end of Chromecast with Google TV has an HDMI output, while the other end has a USB-C port.

Android TV chrome cast with Google

The Interface

Android TV Chromecast with Google TV comes with the usual interface, at the top are tabs for Search, Movies, Shows, Apps, and Library; beneath are thumbnails of content. Nothing has changed here.

Search

This is a generic feature for Google Assistant that enables you to view specific types of content.

For you

This is the main home page and it is mainly for listing the top content available for you to pick.

Movies

This shall enable you to surf through a number of movies available for you to watch.

Shows

Also, this one just lists the number of shows you can view/watch

Streaming services

Android TV Chromecast with Google TV comes with ready to use YouTube, YouTube TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN, Sling, HBO Max, CBS All Access, Starz, Peacock, Peloton, Tubi, and PBS which shall keep you occupied without getting bored. Talking about its display, Chromecast with Google TV can stream content at resolutions of 4K/60 fps, and supports HDR, including HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.

Pros of Android TV chromecast

  • It comes with 4K HDR streaming
  • Also has Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
  • It is fast, responsive performance
  • It is great for curating content
  • Also comes with an excellent remote

Cons of Android TV chromecast

  • It doesn’t come with fast forward/rewind buttons
  • Not all streaming apps currently support Google TV integration
  • It lacks enough storage

Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)

Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) - UgTechMag.Com

On the other side of the dice, we have the Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen). To take you back a little, Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) is the successor to Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and comes with a very visible enhancement in its features such as the new processor which is 1.7 GHz giving it a better streaming speed. Below is a full list of specifications compared to the ones I have shared earlier.

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FeatureDescription
Friendly nameFire TV Stick 4K Max – 1st Gen (2021)
Retail nameFire TV Stick 4K Max streaming device, Wi-Fi 6, Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls)
Release year2021
Form factorStick
Android versionAndroid Level 28 (Android 9)
Fire OS versionFire OS 7
Processor (SoC)Mediatek MT8696 + MT7921LS
CPUQuad-Core 1.8 GHz
Application Binary
Interface (ABI)
32-bit
GPUIMG GE9215 750MHz
Memory (RAM)2GB DDR4
Resolution and refresh ratesUp to 4K @ 60fps
Audio codecs
(input formats)
  • Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC). Up to 48kHz, 8 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
  • AC3 (Dolby Digital). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
  • eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus). Up to 48kHz, 8 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
  • AAC-LC. Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
  • HE-AACv1 (AAC+). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
  • HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
  • FLAC. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit (no dither for 24 bit)
  • MIDI. MIDI (Type 0 and 1), DLS (Version 1 and 2), XMF, and Mobile XMF. Ringtone formats RTTTL/RTX, OTA, and iMelody.
  • MP3. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels in DSP (16-bit and 24-bit) and software (16-bit).
  • Vorbis. Ogg (.ogg), Matroska (.mkv).
  • PCM/Wave. Up to 96kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit.
  • AMR-NB. Supported.
  • Opus. Up to 8 channels, 48 kHz.
Video codecs
  • Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision support for Profile 4-MEL, 5, 8, 9. (Up to Level 9 for profiles 5 and 8. Up to Level 5 for Profile 9.)
  • H.265 (HEVC). Hardware-accelerated
up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60fps, 35 Mbps, Main 10 Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG. H.264. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60fps, 20 Mbps, High 10 Profile Level 5.2 H.263. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 30fps, 6 Mbps, Profile 0 Level 70 VP8. Supported up to 1080p 30fps. Baseline profile, non-secure VP9. Hardware-accelerated
  • up to 4K @ 60fps, Profile 2 up to 30 Mbps
  • MPEG-2. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 60fps
  • MPEG-4. Up to 1080p @ 30fps, Simple and Advanced Simple Profiles Level 5, non-secure
  • AV1. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @60fps, 100Mbps, Main Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG.
Input/output color formats
  • 8-bit Rec. 709 (HEVC Main profile L4) / 8-bit Rec. 709
  • 10-bit Rec. 709 (HEVC Main10 profile L4) / 10-bit Rec. 709
  • 10-bit Rec. 2020 (HEVC Main10 profile L4) / 10-bit Rec. 2020
  • Dolby-Vision support for profiles 5, 8, and 9 to max corresponding level. Level 9 for profiles 5 and 8. Level 5 for profile 9.
  • HDR10+
  • HLG
DRM
Digital Rights Management
  • PlayReady 3.3
  • WideVine L1 V14.1.2
  • HDCP 2.2
  • Fairplay
HDR
High-dynamic-range
  • HDR10
  • HDR10+
  • HLG
  • Dolby Vision
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
Max OpenGL version
Open Graphics Library – 2D and 3D graphics rendering
Support OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0/3.2
Wifi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (wifi 6); 2×2 MIMO (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz dual band)
Ethernet10/100 Mbps (with external dongle)
Storage8 GB
MiracastSupported
Far-field Alexa control
Hands-free voice control
Supported only through linked Echo device
Near-field Alexa control
Mic button on remote
Supported

Chromecast with Google TV vs Fire TV stick 3rd Gen vs Roku Streaming Stick+

Chromecast with Google TVRoku Streaming Stick+Amazon Fire Stick 4K
Max streaming resolution4K/60 fps4K/60 fps4K/60 fps
Supported HDR formatsHDR10, HDR10+, Dolby VisionHDR10HDR, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
Supported audioDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby AtmosDTS Digital Surround, Dolby Audio, Dolby ATMOSDolby Atmos