It’s been over 2 years since the original Chromecast debuted (yeah, time flies). And while the little streamer that could is still working fine for the lot of us, that doesn’t mean there aren’t improvements to be had. Allegedly, this is what Google has in store for us soon.
According to a leak spotted by 9to5Google, the 2nd gen Chromecast will be a pretty hefty update, both in design and capability.
While the images don’t have the best quality, we can tell the device will leave behind its dongle appearance for something circular. We also have choices in color now. Both of these factors spark my curiosity. Why is design such a focus for a device that just sits in the background? On my TV, it’s plugged in the back, out of view. Will the new Chromecast serve more of a purpose?
Updates are said to include faster WiFi, faster initiation of content, and new software capabilities (such as content feeds on the Chromecast home screen). The original Chromecast supported 802.11b/g/n, so it would make sense for the newer 802.11ac WiFi standard to be brought on board.
A new feature called “Fast Play” is said to make the Chromecast quicker to follow your commands. It seems that Google recognized the slowness when initiating the Cast connection. Fast Play should bring a quicker response and more seamless experience when selecting to Cast your device.
Another Chromecast extension is said to be “Chromecast Audio”. As can be guessed, this will be for folks who want to utilize their higher quality audio setups. The Chromecast will plug directly into the audio system via auxiliary cord. It is also said that this feature will have multi-room support and the ability to mirror Chrome or Android audio.
The original Chromecast could stream at 1080P. I would hope that the 2nd gen has updated computational power to keep up with the times and play 4K content. We don’t have word on this yet.
Google has an event on Sept. 29th, and it is expected that the new Chromecast will be announced alongside the new Nexus devices. Hopefully Google will continue its aggressive pricing. Are you ready for a new Chromecast or fine with what you have?