Chromecast 2 internal documents and photos indicate radical re-design, new features

Chromecast 2 internal documents and photos indicate radical re-design, new features
The folks over at 9to5Google have managed to get their hands on some images and internal documents detailing a new, updated Chromecast — supposedly referred to as just the 'new Chromecast' internally. While the snaps are of such poor resolution as to make it impossible to discern minute details, it's plenty obvious that the design of the thing is nothing like the original. Available in 3 colors — including yellow and red — the Chromecast 2 looks like a tiny USB plug with a pill-shaped body sticking out of it.

It's not all about appearances, however, according to the leaked documents in question. Apparently, the new Chromecast will feature improved Wi-Fi — say 802.11ac — and offer some more software goodies, including the ability to add custom content feeds. What kind of feeds, exactly, remains unknown, though we're told to expect a new "Fast Play" feature that will hopefully lower the time needed for a connected device to start throwing content at the dongle. Finally, the new model will also feature "Chromecast Audio", which will allow you to plug it to any speaker via an AUX cable and blast some tunes.

The new Chromecast will apparently be announced at Google's September 29th event later this month, likely alongside the oft-rumored new Nexus devices. From what we're told, the smart dongle will cost the same as its predecessor, and will be initially made available in at least 10 countries.


source: 9to5Google

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18 Comments

1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Fugly, but probably less intimidating for the average user. :)

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Is Google going to release the chromebit? Or is this going to be a Chromecast and a chromebit in one?

2. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The old one lost connection a lot.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Odd, I've never had an issue with it, maybe your problem was with your wireless router?

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why are leaks always the crappiest quality. What kind of smartphones/cameras are these people using?

14. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

I always wonder. I am not alone :P

19. ElixieR

Posts: 67; Member since: May 01, 2013

The first leaks are always intentionally in terrible quality so they can get people to be more curious about it and get more attention. It's common sense for companies or tech sites doing it. If they can get leaks from it do you believe these joes really use a crappy phone or camera?

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

My regular chromecast works just fine on my old lcd TV in my room. My Samsung hu9000 tv downstairs has no use for it though

5. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

I just got an Amazon Fire Stick 3 days ago and now this pops up. Poop.

9. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Return it to Amazon if you like. You're still in the return period.

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Reminds me of balls. Old one looks so much better

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree, these look terrible, thankfully, they're also hidden behind any actual display so once they're setup you'll never have to look at them again until you replace them with an upgraded and even uglier model.

7. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

To those moaning about the looks: It's stuck behind your TV you can't see it, and it's apparently jam packed with other features if you look at other websites. They will still sell the Chromecast Original for just making your TV smart, but this does way more than that it seems.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol that looks terrible. Instead of releasing this, they should repackage and redesigned the Nexus players that are collecting dust in the warehouses and sell them at chromecast prices. Let's face it, they need to nip the Apple TV in the bud, set top boxes are better than dongles, and the only reason Chromecast sells is because it's a dirt cheap alternative to a Nexus player.

10. tobyjohnesfen

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 18, 2015

WISHLIST FOR CHROMECAST 2 MORE FORMAT SUPPORT NATIVELY: AVI, MKV, RMVB, WMV, MPG,MOV & BETTER CAST FROM WEB BROWSERS :- ENABLE WEB VIDEOS TO WORK WITHOUT A GLITCH. ABILITY TO CONNECT, RECEIVE & PLAYBACK CONTENT FROM WIRELESS DLNA DEVICES WITOUT THE USE OF INTERNET.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree with you 100% with the improved format compatibility.

11. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

All I want is less input lag.

15. Elfmonster unregistered

Audio lags like a middle manager on my Chromecast. Sucks hard. I hope they fixed this.

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