It was in July 2013 that Google lauched Chromecast and they have managed to sell 20 million of the tiny streaming devices globally till now.
Along the way, they also conducted research and found that 50 percent of audio listening happens in the home. So, keeping these facts in mind, high sales volume and home audio listening, Google today announced the next generation of the Chromecast device as well as a bespoke new one for listening to music off non-Bluetooth/smart audio devices.
Priced at about £30 and compatible with Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 7.0 and higher, Mac OS X 10.7 and higher and Windows 7 and higher, these devices will try to do what everyone else in the technology industry is trying to do- shepherd consumers towards a connected home where the smartphone takes the form of a remote control.
Google promise a fast and polished experiences from the new Chromecast with industrial looks and new design. It comes with an HDMI cable which magnetically attaches to the back of the disc like device to make it very portable. Available in three colours: black, neon orange and neon, the new device boasts improved wifi capabilities and a new adaptive antenna system.
Fewer than 5% of US households have internet enabled speaker systems. The design of Chromecast Audio is a hat tip to the classic vinyl records with the concentric circles and neon coloured wires that connect to the auxillary port on your speaker. Chromecast Pro works with all top music apps like Pandora, Spotify, Google Music etc and pairing isnt complicated and Bluetooth is rendered innnecessary which will mean a massive save on your battery consumption.
With the philosophy that shared devices should be easy to share, Chromecast Audio also supports multi-room synchronisation. Priced at £30 and on sale in 17 countries from today, its key features are:
What's on app
When you switch on the screen and go over to Google Play, on the same screen you will be able to see the latest from all the streaming apps you have on your phone. Be it: trending videos on Youtube, latest rentals from Google Movies, and the best of Netflix.
You will be able stream media from within the same app in full HD onto your television set. Chromecast Audio will also give you the option to select which Chromecast device you want to connect to, if you have more than one.
Any device can be a remote control for Chromecast if they are on the same wifi network.
You will get a choice of apps to watch a particular movie off and this functionality will roll out in the next few weeks on Android and iOS.
Fast Play reduces app download speed by 80 percent and content upgrades will roll out to app partners today.
Chromecast for gamers
Most powerful gaming device : Remote Display API
One screen plays locally on the phone, second one goes to the TV. There is also multi-play option, your friends just need to have a phone and you are set.
RRP is about £30 for both Chromecast and for Chromecast Audio.