Chromecast Audio to WiFi-enable your speakers, codenamed “Hendrix”

A few days ago we got a glimpse at what the new Chromecast will offer.  It is expected to drop at Google’s Sept. 29th event, along with the highly-anticipated pair of Nexus phones.  Now we have some more info on the Chromecast Audio part of that launch, which is allegedly codenamed “Hendrix” within Google.

To recap, Chromecast Audio is said to be a separate Chromecast device, specifically aimed to set your home speakers free.  This means that it will plug into your audio setup and wirelessly connect to your WiFi router.

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This will allow you to remotely control the speaker through your smartphone or tablet.  If this kind of thing sounds familiar to you, you may be remembering the Moto Stream.  But Google may feel like they should do to speakers what they’ve done to TV’s.  And it should be competitively priced.

The Chromecast Audio should have multi-room support, so you can utilize every speaker in the house to raise the roof.  Communication via WiFi means you can have them rock out with the same track in unison.  However, to do this, it is assumed you would need a Chromecast Audio for each speaker.

The Chromecast Audio will mirror the audio from your Chrome browser or Android device.  If you’re worried that this operation will sacrifice precious bytes of music data, Google is said to be focusing on “high-quality” audio for the device.

We should know the full scoop next week, stay tuned!  Do you like this audio extension to the Chromecast portfolio?

Source: 9to5google

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