Major Update to Chromecast With Google TV (Android News #42)

The Chromecast with Google TV is getting a major update and SkyShowtime is almost coming to the Netherlands. This and more in this week’s Android News Feed.

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Download: Chromecast with Google TV gets the Android 12 update

The Android 12 update for the Chromecast with Google TV has been a long time coming, but has now been officially released. The new software is available for the 4K version of the Chromecast, which was released two years ago.

The differences between Android 10 and 12 are not large on the Chromecast, but there are of course a number of innovations. For example, a handy privacy function has been added, so that you see a dot in the picture when the microphone of the remote control is used.

→ Android 12 update for the Chromecast with Google TV

‘Specs Samsung Galaxy S23 on the street, show little innovation’

samsung galaxy s23 plus renders

The innovations in Samsung’s S-line have been sparse lately. Leaked specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S23 suggest that that will not change next year. The by smartphone insider Yogesh Brar Shared information shows that the device is very similar to the Galaxy S22.

The S23 again gets a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels. The refresh rate is 120Hz. Fortunately, the S23 does get a slightly larger battery. The capacity would be 3900 mAh. The S22 only had 3700 mAh on board. The charging speed remains the same: 25 Watts.

→ These are the leaked specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S23

This will cost streaming service SkyShowtime in the Netherlands

SkyShowtime

The new streaming service SkyShowtime, which will be available in the Netherlands from next Tuesday (25 October), will cost 6.99 euros per month. The service announced this in a press release. SkyShowtime revealed to come to the Netherlands a while ago.

It is unknown whether there is still a promotion at launch. HBO Max, which has also been active in the Netherlands since this year, gave customers a ‘lifetime’ discount of 50 percent in the first few weeks. SkyShowtime may have a similar promotion in store for the Dutch release, but nothing is known about this (yet).

→ Price of SkyShowtime is known
→ SkyShowtime: 5 questions about the streaming service answered

Android 13 Go official: these 5 things you need to know

Android 13 review

Google has announced Android 13 Go. The new software is equipped with a modified design, based on Material You. That was introduced with Android 12 and is now coming to the light version of the well-known operating system.

This means, among other things, that accent colors are based on the set background. You can see those colors in the quick settings menu, notifications and in other places. As an Android Go user, you are limited to choosing four color profiles, where in Android 13 there are now 16.

→ This is the new Android 13 Go

This is the Nokia Streaming Stick 800: competitor for the Chromecast

Nokia Streaming Stick 800

The Nokia Streaming Stick 800 resembles recent Chromecasts in many ways, runs on Android TV and comes with a remote control. In addition to the usual control buttons, the remote also has buttons to start YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus.

There is also a Google Assistant button to activate the digital assistant and you can go to the Play Store with one press. There you will find the apps available for Android TV. A nice detail is that the buttons of the remote control are illuminated. If you like to watch movies and series in the dark, then the Nokia Streaming Stick 800 is easier to operate.

→ Read more about the Nokia Streaming Stick 800

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