Google today launched its second iteration of the Chromecast as expected at its event in San Fransico alongside two other Nexus devices - Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The new generation Chromecast ditches the Pen drive like design as seen, while opting for a sauce pan like design.
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Apparently the rumour mill had nailed it right when a set of leaked images arose about a week back, showing the design of the new Chromecast. Just like the leaked images the new Chromecast comes in three color options - black, red and yellow. The design language primarily consists of circle and a tiny HDMI cable. The Chromo logo is embossed on the middle of the circular part of the device.
Coming to the software aspect, Google has indeed improved various aspects of the Chromecast. It now comes with Showtime support along with the SlingTV option coming in a few weeks. Further one can now do stuffs on the phone while streaming content to the TV.
Google also announced that the NBA and NHL are also coming to the new Chromecast. This is something that will make many a tech savvy American audience happy. The Search Engine giant has also tweaked the software to improve the loading times of apps via the Chromecast.
In terms of hardware, Google has improved the WiFi inside the Chromecast by adding support of 5GHz WiFi bands. This is coupled with an entirely new adaptive antenna system.
The Chromecast 2nd gen also comes with a redesigned app along with an improved Content Discovery. On opening the app arises the popular set of partner apps like Twitch, ESPN, Holo, NetFlix etc. Additionally one can now voice search content within the Chromecast App. There's also a Fast Play option which allows the app to starts caching the stream on the background once you open the app.
Gaming also gets a lot more intuitive via the Chromecast. You can now stream the games on your TV directly while you uses your phones for controlling purposes. The cool feature works on both Android and iOS!
The all new Chromecast with these added features will be available at a price of just $35 i.e. Rs 2275.
Alongside the Chromecast, Google also launched a new Chromcast Audio which is basically a small circular device with a metallic finish that can be attached to any home speaker via the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Chromecast Audio comes with an inbuilt WiFi which will help you to stream music from your smartphone via the Chromecast app. It works with Pandora, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, and Tune In Radio. Further you can control the music from your lock screen or Android Wear watch. Google also announced that they will be rolling Spotifiy support for both the Chromecast device starting today. The Chromecast Audio too have been priced at $35 (Rs 2275) and will be available in 17 countries worldwide.