Most of us use streaming devices to stream our favorite media content available on various streaming apps. Streaming devices are the best alternative for cable TV. You may find a lot of streaming devices like Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV Firestick, and more. Now Google has come with another streaming device called Chromecast with Google TV recently. This device is more like Amazon Firestick. However, there are some key differences. You may be confused to select the best streaming device that meets your requirements. Now in this article let’s discuss Google TV vs Firestick to find out the best streaming device.

Google TV comes with a lot of features packed in a low price tag. And we can stream on Firestick up to UHD resolution. To select the best streaming device between Google TV and Firestick, we should compare all the key features like design, performance, streaming quality, setup, price, apps available, and more. So now let us discuss in detail all the key features to find the best streaming device.

Also read Amazon Firestick Vs Roku Comparision [Updated 2021]

Design

Google TV in Google TV vs Firestick

Chromecast with Google TV comes with a new design. Google TV has more rounded edges and it looks like a small pebble. We can connect it to our TV using an HDMI port. And it comes with a type C cable and a USB adaptor. Chromecast with Google TV is available in three colors as of now Snow, Sunrise, and Sky. And it is manufactured from 49 percent recycled plastics. Google TV is the third generation of Chromecast that was released in September 2020.

Firestick: Google TV vs Firestick

Firestick is a slim, rectangular bar with attached HDMI support. It is shaped like an oversized USB flash drive. It is available only in black color. You need to connect Firestick on your TV’s HDMI port. There are five versions of Firestick made available so far. They are Firestick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Amazon Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Lite, and Fire TV Stick 3rd Gen.

Speaking about design both devices almost come closer to each other. Google TV is 6.4 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches and Firestick is 3.9 x 1.2 x 0.6 inches, that is Google TV is bigger than Firestick. The Chromecast with Google TV is more power-hungry as it absorbs the power straight from the socket. Firestick draws the power from the TV’s USB port and it is enough for the Firestick.

Winner: Tie

Apps

Apps in Google TV: Google TV vs Firestick

Chromecast with Google TV comes with a big upgrade comparing to previous Chromecast devices. It offers you more than 6,500 apps that are available in Google Play Store like Hulu, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Peloton, Disney+, Netflix, Apple TV, Peloton, and more. And it also supports many regional and country specific local streaming services like Zee5, ALTBalaji, MX Player, and more. But it doesn’t have a BT TV app and also missing the All 4 catch-up service, Twitch, Amazon Music, Britbox, and Now TV.

Apps in Firestick

Firestick has a lot of free and paid streaming apps and well-stocked for app support like Kodi, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Crunchyroll, Disney +, Cinema APK, HBO NOW, and CatMouse APK, and many more. Here Apple TV and Prime video give excellent PAYG options for films and TV. And you could find a lot of subscription streaming services for sports and entertainment. But some apps are missing like HBO Max in Firestick which is available in Chromecast with Google TV.

Winner: Google TV

Streaming Quality

Both the devices are available at affordable prices and both stream contents up to 4K UHD at 60 fps. And both of them also support standard Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and HDR10+ formats. However, Firestick offers deeper and more immersive sound. And also both support stronger and bolder colors. Both devices also support 3D audio with Dolby Atmos.

On both devices, colors are deep and natural when streaming the contents. And the audio on both devices is value for money and great in video streaming. Overall Amazon Firestick provides a good feel for the audio and Google TV is crisp and more rhythmic.

Winner: Tie

Remote

Google TV vs Firestick: Remote

Google TV remote is powered by 2 AAA batteries and it comes with a circular d-pad button to navigate easily on the device. There are eight buttons available in Google TV remote like Back, Input, Home, Mute, Power, and dedicated buttons for Netflix and YouTube on the remote. The remote supports Bluetooth and IR in the sense when the Google TV is connected to HDMI-CEC, you can use the remote to control the TV volume and even power down both the TV and Google TV when you are done watching. You can use Google Assistant on the Google TV remote to navigate.

On Firestick remote use select to navigate through the Menu or Guide. Or press up and down to navigate on the UI. The remote also works well if you have HDMI-CEC support on your devices. If you hold the up or down button you can scroll quickly. And you can press right to move forward in the guide to view upcoming programs. You can use Alexa to have voice control over the Firestick device.

Winner: Google TV

Google TV vs Firestick: Pricing

At the time of launching Chromecast with Google TV, it was priced at $50 that is a little expensive than Firestick. Because at the time when Google TV was launched Firestick costed only $40. And now Fire TV Stick costs $39.99 and Fire TV Stick 4K costs $49.99 which is the same as Google TV. Since Google TV is new on the market, we don’t get any discounts on it. But Amazon Firestick is available since the end of 2018, so the price of Firestick goes low as $29 on any sale.

And comparing the price Firestick is available at an affordable price as half the price of the Google TV on occasions. So on the price front Firestick wins. So buy a Firestick during any sale to grab it at the best deal.

Winner: Amazon Firestick

Google TV vs Firestick: Setup

We connect both devices to the TV’s HDMI port through a USB cable and power adaptor. And both of them should be connected to a WIFI network to stream the contents from the streaming apps.

Google TV setup

You can set up Chromecast with Google TV through a QR code and you can do the setup completely from your Smartphone. So it is very easy to set up Chromecast with Google TV. To set up you just need the Google Home app is installed on your Smartphone and a Gmail account. And Google TV takes about 50.6 seconds to boot up.

When it comes to Firestick, use a Micro cord and power adapter that comes along with the Firestick to set up. And you have to create or login into your existing Amazon account. You can use the on-screen keypad and remote to set up and it consumes some time. And it takes around 35.83 seconds to boot up. Also Firestick loads the apps faster in it.

Winner: Tie

Google TV vs Firestick: Overall Specifications

SpecificationChromecast with Google TVAmazon Fire Stick
Operating SystemAndroid TV OSFire OS
Dimension6.4 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches3.9 x 1.2 x 0.6 inches
Voice AssistanceGoogle AssistantAmazon Alexa
ColorsSnow, Sunrise, SkyBlack
Voice RemoteYesYes
Video FormatsDolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+
Audio Formats Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby AtomsDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atoms
CEC ControlsYesYes
Smart Home ControlsYesYes
Support 4KsYesYes
Storage 8 GB8 GB
RAM2 GB1.5 GB

Conclusion

So far we have compared and discussed all the key features on Google TV and Chromecast. In addition to that Chromecast supports casting from various devices to your Google TV connected TV. But casting is not available on Firestick. However, you can use Miracast or similar apps to cast to Firestick from any device. Otherwise, if an app is available on Android, you can screen mirror your device to Firestick. After going through this article now you can decide which is the best streaming device. Both devices cost the same, stream the media contents in the same quality and both of them come with voice-enabled remotes. Additionally on Chromecast with Google TV, you can cast the media contents from your Smartphone. Tell us which is the best streaming device that met your requirements, using the comment section below.