Alongside Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google introduced its latest Chromecast media streaming dongle upgrade. After the first Chromecast in 2013, this is the fourth time Google has upgraded the Chromecast. Last year, Google had upgraded Chromecast with 4K support, although technically that was a different segment media streaming device dubbed Google Chromecast Ultra. The 2018 version of Chromecast can be considered as third-generation of Google Chromecast which has been updated to support for 60 frames per seconds (fps) streaming at 1080p, but it does not support a 4K resolution. In addition, the new Chromecast dongle supports Chromecast Audio technology as well.
“Whether you’re listening to your favorites on YouTube Music or Spotify, there’s nothing better than hearing on all your speakers—including your high-quality speakers connected to your TV. Later this year, you’ll be able to add Chromecast to speaker groups, so you can listen to your music in sync throughout the house,” noted Google.
The new Chromecast 2018 is priced at $35. It will be available from the Google Store starting October 9 in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, and the U.S. Google notes that more countries will get latest Chromecast in 2019.
Google Chromecast simply plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and lets you stream TV shows, movies, games and more with your Android smartphones, Google devices, iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac and Windows laptop.
The third-generation Google Chromecast 2018 is claimed to be 15 percent faster than the 2nd generation Chromecast dongle. Google has updated the connectivity features on Chromecast too. While the HDMI interface remains same, the dongle now supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies for Wi-FI. This should help smoother streaming. The device has a Micro-USB connector for power which is rate for 5V/ 1A and there is an optional Ethernet adapter.
“Chromecast and Google Home work seamlessly together. Just say what you want to watch from compatible services, like YouTube or Netflix, and control your TV just by asking,” Chromecast blog noted.
Lastly, this year Google Chromecast 2018 will be available in two color options of Chalk and Charcoal. Google has changed a design a little and now there is Google’s ‘G’ logo in the center.