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Realme beats the Chromecast to India w/ new $55 Google TV stick, remote has a YT Music shortcut - 9to5Google

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After a few teases in recent weeks, Realme has officially launched its new streaming stick, bringing the first Google TV device to India.The Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick is a pretty simple device, but it carries quite a bit of weight with it. While Android TV is quite popular in India, the newer Google TV had yet to make an appearance until today, with even Googles affordable Chromecast skipping the region. Pricing for the Realme device falls at 3,999, around $55 USD.On a hardware level, the Realme stick is pretty simple.

 
The design is very much akin to the Fire TV Stick or Xiaomis Mi TV Stick, using an integrated HDMI plug for output and what appears to be microUSB for power. Realme says the device supports HDMI 2.1 output for up to 4k60 and HDR10+ output to compatible TVs. Under the hood, a quad-core CPU runs the show, but Realme doesnt specify which chip it is. 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage are found alongside the chip, both being fairly standard for affordable streamers like this one.Another interesting aspect of the hardware here is the remote. Realme is using a custom remote on this device instead of the Google TV reference remotes that have been used frequently this year.
 
Realmes design looks like it will be a fine alternative, and its also one of the first devices were seeing a YouTube Music shortcut on the remote. While surely useful, its a pretty funny inclusion given YouTube Music doesnt even have a real app on Android TV/Google TV.Specs aside, the clear reason why this device matters is that, as mentioned, its the first Google TV device in India. Google, interestingly, has never officially commented on Google TV in India, and the country is not listed as one of the platforms supported regions. As a result, the experience on this Realme device will likely be limited, as Google explains on a support page that devices outside of officially supported regions will only have Home, Apps, and Library tabs on the Google TV homescreen, missing out on the Live guide as well as deeper movie and shows recommendations.
 
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