Google updates latest Chromecast with more HDR controls and improved Wi-Fi performance – Chris Welch

An image of the Google Chromecast, the best streaming stick of 2021 for most people, resting on a soundbar.
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Google is rolling out a new April update for the Chromecast with Google TV that launched last year. It’s a fairly large update for a streaming device — totaling 166MB on my Chromecast — but includes numerous improvements.

Once you’ve installed the new software and restarted your Chromecast, you’ll be able to dig a little deeper into video settings than was previously possible. In the new “advanced video controls” area of settings, you’re now given the ability to choose your preferred dynamic range format. Options include Dolby Vision, HDR, or even SDR if you want to keep it there. You can also manually switch to a ton of resolutions at various refresh rates from this menu:

  • 4K (60Hz / 50Hz / 30Hz/ 25Hz / 24Hz / smpte)
  • 1080p (60Hz / 50Hz…

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