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Chromecast 2 Will Launch Sep 29 With Faster Wifi, New Design

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The alleged new-look Chromecast 2

A second-generation Chromecast will launch later this month, a new report claims

Based on internal documents seen by 9to5Google, the new Chromecast will cost the same as the first generation model (a tidy $35) and be available to buy in ‘at least 10 countries’ at launch.

Those of you with longish memories will remember that the original Chromecast launched in just one country, the USA, upon its announcement more than two years ago.

The report also says that the Chromecast 2 — officially referred to by Google as ‘new Chromecast’ in the leaked documents — will be publicly unveiled by Google on September 29. This is the date of a planned Google event and is widely expected to see new Nexus smartphones debut.

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The Google Chromecast was an unexpected success. It proved the perfect combination of price and functionality, and launched at the right time. It is a super cheap way to give non-smart TVs a super smart upgrade.
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The new Chromecast is alleged to feature a striking new design (see image at top of article), offer faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and ‘Fast Play’, a way to set-up and cast content quicker.

Documents passed through the FCC last year showed that a Chromecast with better Wi-Fi was planned (though a Googler later cautioned that: ‘most users won’t notice a difference’).

Greater personalisation of the Chromecast backdrop (the ‘home screen’ you see on your TV when nothing is being cast) is also coming, while the Chromecast Android app is to be beefed up with content suggestions, highlight compatible apps installed and improve discovery of new Cast enabled apps on the Play Store.

Tl;dr: The Chromecast Android App is about to become what it should’ve been from the get-go. 

But the report doesn’t just hint at a new Chromecast. Google is also looking at announcing a new companion accessory called ‘Chromecast Audio’.

Chromecast Audio is small puck shaped dongle that attaches to audio equipment though a standard headphone/microphone aux cable. It’s not clear from current information if it’s merely a sender (sending audio to Chromecast or Cast Audio equipment), a receiver (sending audio from Cast ready apps to, e.g., a hi-fi), or able to function as both.

Perhaps tellingly, Spotify Chromecast support is also expected to be announced on the same day.

Chromecast is now America’s second-favourite media streaming device and more than 17 million dongles have been sold so far.

  • So… it’s a rubber mallet?

    Edit: Before I get called out, I’m referring to the extreme lack of quality in the photo

    • I don’t know what that is, but I don’t think so.??

    • Joe Stacks

      looks more like a whoopee cushion

  • I hope that’s not the final design. Many TVs don’t have that “space” for the balloon to go, especially when the USB port that you use for the Chromecast is right next to the HDMI port.

  • W Van Landingham III

    It looks like a colostomy bag.

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  • I sincerely doubt this is the design, Google are not stupid when it comes to designing top quality products.

    • Zactu

      Don’t put it past them. Remember the Nexus Q.

      • ddtn

        Nobody remembers the Nexus Q.

        Exactly your point :-)

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  • Zactu

    Its not a perfect product. Using a Chromebook I’ve problems with this.The Chromecast updates helped over time, and now its ok. I agree its the cheapest streaming solution to a TV. Maybe they’ll take the beta tag off the extension?, or hopefully put it into a setting in Chrome? I’m counting on this new one, to have alot more effort and planning put into it. Airplay with AppleTV, for me, has been far more reliable, more versatile, more slick, however, it does cost heaps more for just a streaming solution and only works with Apple stuff.

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  • ddtn

    I like my Chromecast just fine. Unless it has more features than outlined in this article, I see no reason to run out and buy a new one.

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    I bought the new Chromecast. I do not see any significant improvements or new features. I have 6 Mbps internet.

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