May 30, 2024

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New Chromecast with Google TV and Samsung S24 FE (Android News #17 2024)

New Chromecast with Google TV and Samsung S24 FE (Android News #17 2024)

It looks like a new Chromecast is on its way and Samsung is working on the Galaxy S24 FE. These are the top Android news of the week.

Read more after the announcement.

“Finally: Google is working on a new Chromecast with Google TV (4K)”

Google has been selling Chromecast with Google TV and Chromecast with Google TV (HD) for a while now and we're secretly ready for a new version. The “regular” model in particular, which supports 4K, could use an upgrade. We can expect that soon, according to generally informed reports 9to5Google.

A source tells the website that Google is working on a new 4K Chromecast with Google TV. As mentioned, it will succeed the current Chromecast, which is almost four years old. The device will contain a new remote control, as a previous leak showed.

→ New Chromecast with Google TV (4K) is coming

HMD's first official smartphones: cheap and repairable

HMD Pulse Pro official

We know the Finnish company HMD Global through the company's Nokia smartphones, but now the devices are also released under its own name. HMD unveiled three budget phones: Pulse, Pulse Plus, and Pulse Pro. Smartphones mainly rely on their low price and repairability.

HMD is working alongside the experts at iFixit and individual parts will remain available for at least five years. The Pulse, Pulse Plus and Pulse Pro run Android 14 out of the box and receive two Android version updates. Security patches are rolled out every three months for three years.

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→ These are the HMD Pulse, Pulse Plus and Pulse Pro

“Google will launch a successor to the Nest Hub Max and Nest Audio”

Google Nest Hub

Do you think the Google Nest Hub is a useful device, but do you wish it was a little bigger? Then you can choose the Nest Hub Max, which has a 10.1-inch screen. However, unlike its smaller 7-inch brother, this device has not been updated for a long time.

That may change soon. 9to5Google I've detected indicators in the Google Home app that point to a successor to the Nest Hub Max in the near future. It's still unclear what Google will improve on the smart display. The latest version of the small Nest Hub has introduced subtle innovations.

→ The successor to the Google Nest Hub Max is coming

Rumor: Samsung is working on a cheaper Galaxy S24 FE phone

Samsung Galaxy S23 Fe review 1

With the Galaxy S24, S24 Plus, and S24 Ultra, Samsung released its most important high-end smartphones of 2024 in January. However, the company is not finished yet and is also working on the Galaxy S24 FE. according to GalaxyClub The expected phone has the code name R12, and Samsung is busy developing it.

It may be a long time before the Galaxy S24 FE sees the light of day. According to the source, the smartphone will not be released until the end of 2024 or even the beginning of 2025. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S23 FE, was also launched very late in the Netherlands. Samsung announced the device only at the end of 2023.

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→ Galaxy S24 FE is a cheaper S24 alternative

Polestar Phone unveiled: the automaker's first smartphone

Official Polestar iPhone

When you think of Polestar, you probably don't immediately think of smartphones. The company is best known as an electric vehicle manufacturer. For example, we interviewed Anya Ernest about integrating Android Automotive into the Swedish manufacturer's cars.

However, Polestar has now introduced its first smartphone in China: the Polestar Phone. This is mainly in response to Huawei and Xiaomi's plans to make electric cars themselves. The device should provide seamless integration with Polestar vehicles. In this way, the hope is to prevent users from switching to a competing ecosystem.

→ Officially introducing the Polestar Phone