In a rather curious turn of events, Amazon has put what appears to be the existing Chromecast with Google TV up for pre-order with an availability date of next week.
In the US, the Chromecast listing with Google TV – in “snow”/white – on Amazon says “this item will be released on May 13, 2022” and you can “pre-order now”. This Friday is notably two days after the Google I/O 2022 keynote where the hardware is expected to make an appearance.
Going by “Item Model Number” (GZRNL), this is the same Chromecast that’s been available since 2020. No other retailers have made the streaming dongle unavailable in recent days, while third-party retailers on Amazon still sells it.
Besides the pre-order change, the Amazon listing (as seen above) appears to have been recently updated to mention “User Profiles”. Appearing alongside features like “Child Profiles”, “Voice Control” and “Recommendations”, we have a picture that Google previously shared of the capability before it was delayed last year.
Everyone in your home can create a personalized profile and easily access their watchlist.
No other retailer today mentions the account switch, so its addition must be fairly recent.
Considering these two quirks, we could – at the very least – consider Google asking retailers to update their marketing for the Chromecast with Google TV. The reason for this may be the “Chromecast HD with Google TV” rumor which has already seen Google label packaging for the 2020 model with “4K” stickers. Meanwhile, updated listings mean Google TV user profiles are coming sooner rather than later, which would be a nice software upgrade.
More ambitiously, what we do not believe be the case because there’s no other supporting evidence, it’s the idea that Google is making a small change to the Chromecast. For example, doubling the storage from 8GB to 16GB would do a lot for the user experience and would be an immediate upgrade for existing owners. Again, there’s no indication that this is the case, but it would serve to better differentiate the 4K model and this upcoming HD variant.
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