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Google’s new Chromecast with Google TV has a factory option to unlock the bootloader

Today, Google announced its new Chromecast with Google TV, giving consumers a new affordable option to meet their streaming needs. While the device may not have been on your radar originally, you might find renewed interest in the device as we now know it has a bootloader that can be unlocked just by going into the options.

According to AFTV newsWhile going through the ins and outs of the new Chromecast with Google TV, the publication found that the bootloader on the device could be unlocked. The best part is that it doesn’t require any complicated steps, you just go to the developer options and enable the OEM unlock feature and enable the option to unlock the bootloader. This comes as a bit of a surprise because the older Chromecast with Google TV (4K) that came out in 2020 doesn’t have the same option. Instead, users had to rely on an exploit, and it wasn’t easy to get away with, but it could be done if the user had the time and some patience.

By default, the new Chromecast with Google TV offers access to popular streaming services and thousands of apps. Due to its price, the model only supports HD quality, which means it has no 4K capabilities, nor does it have Dolby Atmos sound. But in return, Google can price it lower and offer it for just $29.99, which is a pretty good deal. While some of the original Chromecast devices depended on a connection to a smartphone, the new model can be used as a standalone device thanks to Google TV. Furthermore, the installation is simple and the remote control offers support for Google Assistant.

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As for unlocking the bootloader, as this is a relatively new device, it will be interesting to see what sort of things will get called out by the community. One thing to note, and as noted by AFTV news, is that the bootloader option could just be a mistake and could be patched in a future update. This update may come over the air or directly from the manufacturer meaning if this gets patched you may be looking for older stock. So if you’re really interested, it might be a good idea to get one as soon as possible. If this doesn’t sound like you and you’re looking for other streaming options, check out our guide to the best Android TV boxes and sticks to buy in 2022.

    Chromecast with Google TV (HD) - Snow

    Google’s latest streaming device is just $29.99.


Source: AFTV news
Through: Mishal Rahman (Twitter)


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