Google unveils refreshed Chromecast with refined design, lack of new features

Google unveils refreshed Chromecast with refined design, lack of new features
Although Google’s main focuses at today’s event, aside from the new Pixel phones, were the Pixel Slate and the Google Home Hub, the internet giant did also have a new Chromecast up its sleeves.

Overall, the new Chromecast doesn’t bring anything major to the table. In fact, the biggest change is the design which now makes use of a simplistic matte finish complete with a small Google “G” on top, rather than the glossy plastic and Chrome logo seen on the previous model. Feature-wise, there are only a few changes. Namely, the new Chromecast is now 15 percent faster, something that allows for 1080p streaming at 60fps, rather than the 720p quality possible with the second-generation device. Also, a future update will allow the device to act just like a Chromecast Audio whereby it can play music in sync with other Google Home speakers. Despite rumors of Bluetooth connectivity, though, this feature is unfortunately still missing.

Just like previous generations, the new Chromecast will set consumers back $35. In order to match its range of speakers, Google has updated the colors to include Charcoal gray and Chalk white.

source: Google

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11 Comments

1. JCASS889

Posts: 630; Member since: May 18, 2018

why say it lacks new features and yet state that it now supports 1080p at 60fps? sounds like a new feature to me.

3. nikhil23

Posts: 503; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

typical PA at it's best

4. middlehead

Posts: 468; Member since: May 12, 2014

I assume they're nitpicking that that's enhancement of an existing feature, rather than a NEW option like Bluetooth would've been.

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 672; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

All They've done is improve an existing one slightly. It was expected to support both Bluetooth and faster Wi-Fi, but neither of those features have been introduced.

6. JCASS889

Posts: 630; Member since: May 18, 2018

id call the jump to 1080 60fps a little bit more than a slight improvement. and the thing is already on your network, i see no benefit for Bluetooth

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I believe the main reason people wanted bluetooth is because they wanted to hook up bluetooth accessories such as remotes, controllers, speakers, etc. to the Chromecast.

11. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Why are you always one here making juvenile comments. Do you now have a life or a job?

10. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

How is that a new feature, once again you stupidity is showing. You still don't learn kid.

2. torr310

Posts: 1708; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What about Chrome Ultra? Update?

8. gamehead unregistered

No 4K?

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

No ethernet too.

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