While the Chromecast with Google TV is famous for its simple, intuitive interface, a confusing boot error that asks you to manually reset the device pushes some users to their limits. Fortunately, a new Google TV firmware update promises to fix the boot error. Google says the update should appear on your device before the end of the week.
Chromecast with Google TV runs on the Android operating system. When the Android operating system does not boot properly due to a bug, power issue or corrupt system files, the Android recovery screen will load and prompt you to reset or format your device. Unfortunately, this recovery screen appears when people turn on their Chromecast and during video playback.
While the Android recovery screen is annoying enough on a phone or tablet, it can be a nightmare on the Chromecast with Google TV as you have to reach behind your TV and press the Chromecast button to manually reset the device. The Chromecast remote does not work in recovery mode.
It̵7;s been 10 years and this is still what you get when your Android phone, or in this case, Chromecast built on Android TV doesn’t boot up properly. How should the average TV viewer solve this? pic.twitter.com/T1nuXlG5DI
– Daniel Bader (@journeydan) December 29, 2020
Now Google is pushing a firmware update that clarifies the cryptic language of the Android recovery screen and should reduce “preventing users from seeing the Android recovery screen” on Chromecast with Google TV. Along with recovery mode and boot improvements, Google says the firmware version improves 4K streaming and Dolby Atmos support.
The new firmware update is now rolling out and should appear on your Chromecast in the next few days. If no notification for the update appears at the top of your Google TV home page, you can try forcing the update from the Google Home app on your smartphone. Open Google Home, select your Chromecast with Google TV and press “reset”. The update should take place when the device reboots.
Source: Google via Android Police