Google will be announcing a new version of its Chromecast TV streaming device later this month, according to 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall.
Chromecast is an electronic dongle that plugs into TVs and other displays via an HDMI port. First launched back in 2013, it lets the user stream video and apps to the screen from their smartphone or laptop. And because it doesn’t need to run intensive apps itself — that’s all handled back on the device streaming to it — it can be sold pretty cheaply: £30 in the UK, or $35 in the US. That’s significantly less than rival services like Apple TV, the new version of which will cost $149 (£95) when it launches.
So what’s new in this new Chromecast? Hall reports that it will:
Offer support for music streaming service Spotify, an app that hasn’t previously been available for it.
Have “Chromecast Audio,” a way to connect Chromecast to speakers/Hi-Fi systems — meaning users aren’t forced to output sound only through (often-low-quality) television speakers.
Have better Wi-Fi connectivity.
Be available in a variety of colours — at least lime green, black, and red, according to photos published by 9to5Google.
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SOURCE: Tech Insider, Rob Price