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Google Refreshes Its Chromecast Products for TVs and Stereos

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Sep 29, 2015, 11:58 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Sep 29, 2015, 1:03 PM

Google today announced two new Chromecast products meant to help improve the living room experience. The Chromecast 2 TV dongle uses HDMI to plug into television sets and includes dual-band 802.11ac WiFi for improved performance with the local wireless network. Google says the new Chromecast can sustain higher-quality video and audio with less buffering and pausing. Google also showed off a smaller product called Chromecast Audio. This product is specifically meant to help people cast music from their handset to in-home speakers. It connects via 3.5mm, RCA, or optical inputs. Moreover, the Chromecast app for Android and iOS has been fully redesigned to help people discover content much faster. For example, it shows what's on YouTube, Play Movies, Hulu, and live TV. The app knows to limit content recommendations based on the apps already installed on the handset in question. The app also boosts the ability to search for online content and supports phones as a gaming controller for select titles. The improved app will be rolling out to Android and iOS over the next few weeks. The new Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio are available beginning today for $35 each. Google is offering early adopters 90 days of free music from Google Play, a free trial of CBS All Access, a free Google Play movie rental, and a 3-month trial of Rhapsody.

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