If your Chromecast is feeling sluggish with Google TV when starting lately (mine has), there’s good news on the horizon. Google has made a number of “under the hood” changes to Google TV to make it feel faster and more responsive. The changes are relatively minor, like dialing down the memory footprint for certain UI elements and improving overall cache management. However, you will need to check your Google TV dongle or device to see if anything has been introduced to it still.
in one Community blog post, Google has officially detailed changes to its TV platform. The updates are pretty straightforward: Google TV’s software includes “CPU Optimization” and Cache management optimizations so you don’t feel Delay on the home screen. The company says it’s improved navigation in a way that Google TV feels more responsive when moving the remote cursor through the tabs, although that’s the scope of the description. Google’s contribution also warmly adds that Google TV now uses less RAM, so “you should have a better viewing experience where everything is more stable and moves a little faster!” Considering how much RAM-Hog Chrome is, that’s good Listen.
If you use child profiles, they should also feel faster. Google says it’s made image cache optimizations to reduce the time it takes to switch between the main profile and a child profile. Admittedly, I didn’t create a profile for my child because I feared this slowdown when switching. But I think I should try again. This fix should already be available on your Google TV, although the CPU tweaks are still making their way to some devices.
Finally, free up space on Google TV
The Google TV with Chromecast dongle is notorious for its onboard storage limitations. You don’t think about it until you come across it, but at that point you’re surly scrubbing apps off the device to free up some storage space. I may or may not be speaking from experience.
Google helps simplify this process with a “Free up space” menu option in Settings. This offers options for clearing your cache and helps you uninstall the apps you don’t use, although it doesn’t walk you through it like it does on Android Files from Google. You can access this feature from the settings panel below system > storage > Free up disk space. Note that this is the case still rolling out on some Google TV devices.
Finally, Google states that there are changes to how Google TV handles app installs, so there aren’t as many memory-related errors. I haven’t bothered with this since I set mine up Chromecast with Google TVbut it’s enough of a thing you will find posts to this topic. Google’s also introduce an “automatic process” that runs in the background to free up space on your Google TV device.
You could say that Google could have avoided these storage issues entirely if it had simply bundled more storage on the Chromecast with Google TV, making it small and cheap enough to bring into any home that wanted to log in to their streaming services with a simple plug-and-play device. Maybe we’ll see more memory in a future publication?
It’s good to see that Google is trying to improve the experience on Google TV, as it still faces a ton of competition from Apple, Roku, and Amazon. As I said before, I’ve been feeling the slowdown on the TV platform for a while. I mostly cast directly from my Android smartphone again or use Amazon’s Fire TV or Roku to stream instead. The user interface still feels a bit behind for me Chromecast with Google TV, so here it is I hope that these improvements will be rolled out quickly.