Google Chromecast 4K model comes with a standalone remote. That means you are no longer required to use a secondary device (like a smartphone or laptop) to control/cast media. Besides the remote and software, the Chromecast with Google TV has a few new things. Because of this new remote’s existence, Google needed to create an onboard software experience. This is something that previous Chromecasts didn’t need. That experience is known as Google TV, which is a new interface stacked on top of Android TV. It has a whole new design including multiple colorways, something most other media streamers don’t offer. At its core, though, the Chromecast with Google TV still is a Chromecast. It still has a permanently attached HDMI dongle that you plug into the back of your television. You can still use your smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc., to cast media to your TV, too.