Google Chromecast 2.0 unveiled: easy to find great content, better signal reception

Google has just unveiled the second generation of its popular video and photo streaming gadget, the Chromecast.

The new Google Chromecast 2.0 now looks different: it is round, comes in fresh new colors (Black, Coral and Lemonade) and features a tiny HDMI cable that folds and tucks to the back of the Chromecast making it more compact and easily fitting cluttered with HDMI cables setups. Keep in mind that the new Chromecast streams at up to 1080p, there is no support for 4K video streaming here.

The biggest change in the Chromecast v2 is the new app that allows it to easier find great content to stream to your TV via the gadget. Also, the streamer is now updated with a new antenna setup with support for dual-channel Wi-Fi, which will help you avoid congested networks. Google has also built in smart algorithms that make sure that the new Chromecast switches to one of its three antennas that has the best reception.

Chromecast 2.0 specs highlights

Dimensions: 51.9 x 51.9 x 13.49 mm
Power cable: 1.75 m
Weight: 39.1 g (0.086 lbs)
Ports & Connectors: HDMI, Micro-USB
Memory: N/A (512 MB DDR3L)
Resolution: 1080p
Connectivity/Network: Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz)
Power: 5V, 1A power supply

The Chromecast 2.0 is priced at the same sweet $35 cost and will work with a host of popular apps like Hulu and Netflix. The new addition to the roster is Spotify, and you can check out the most popular services that support and more official images right below.

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1. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This new design is actually quite nice.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The real question is, is screen casting smoother?

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Finalflash, do you have a problem with your Chromecast 1st gen? The latest software update allow Chromecast 1st gen to steam at 1080p with no problem. At least i have yet to experience it with YouTube.

15. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I'm just happy they gave the HDMI port an actual cord. The dam thing was so hard to push in when you have a curved TV!!!

2. NiCE2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

WPA2 Enterprise supported?

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good question! I would also like to know.

3. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Waiting for this to go live on the google store.

4. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Im actually going to buy one this year. Hope it come with some free content like they did last year.

5. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Going to buy 2 of em looks like a great device

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The pixel C looks sick too. Hopefully the Surface Pro 4 is like that 10.2 windows 10 and Android with an i5 processor with the same keyboard as the pixel c. Sold

7. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I think i'll upgrade my current chromecast. Looks like a nice device and I use it a lot. Great price too. Wish it included the audio jack in the cases where I wanted to connect it to just a speaker without needing a separate "audio" chromecast.

9. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

same here

10. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Its live now. I just purchased it.

11. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I think I will buy one as well. I already have 2 OG Chromecasts and a Fire Stick, but having dual band wifi since I have Wireless AC 5GHz in my house would be awesome since all my neighbors have crowded the 2.4Ghz waves.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Figures, shortly after I finally get a Chromecast, they come out with a newer better version.

13. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Does Chromecast need a internet connection or can it create its own Wifi for streaming between Phone and Chromecast.

17. inertiatic

Posts: 34; Member since: May 29, 2012

You have to connect the chromecast to the same home wifi as your phone. So yes you must have wifi to use it. We have 4 of the chromecast 1 in our house and love them.

14. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

The only feature I really want them to add to this is the ability to login to hotel WiFi.

16. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Dang you Google you going to rob me ,my Xmas list is nexus player, nexus 9 tablet, and now chrome cast 2.0

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