Google Refreshes Its Chromecast Products for TVs and Stereos
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.
Google's Chromecast Ultra Supports HDR and 4K Video
Google today revealed the Chromecast Ultra, a new version of its home video HDMI dongle. Like last year's Chromecast, the Cromecast Ultra plugs directly into the HDMI port of television sets and allows people to cast content from their smartphones and tablets to their TVs.
Google Renames Chromecast, Adds Tech to TVs
Google today expanded the ecosystem of devices compatible with its casting technology to include standalone displays. The company partnered with Vizio and has added direct casting support to Vizio's P Series displays as well as Vizio's soundbars and speakers.
Google Overhauls Its Home Media App
Google today released a new version of Google Home, the mobile app smartphone owners use to interact with their Google Home speaker and Chromecast dongles. Google says the revised application should make it easier to find content to share with connected speakers and television sets.
HTC Adds Chromecast Support to Zoe App
HTC today provided a significant update to its Zoe photo/video editing and sharing app. The app now supports Google's Chromecast, which will let users cast a Zoe video from their phone to a Chromecast-equipped TV or other device.