After unveiling the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio dongles in September last year, Google has finally launched both streaming devices in India. They are priced at Rs 3,399 and are already listed on the Google Play Store. These devices will also be available across e-commerce sites and all leading retail stores. The second-generation devices bring a completely new design and under the hood upgrades to offer faster and better performance. At the launch event in Delhi, Google mentioned that it sold over 20 million Chromecast devices in the past three years.
The new Chromecast now comes with a circular design and available in yellow, black and red color options. Google has also added support for 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11ac and a new ‘Fast Play’ feature. This feature allows the Chromecast device to quickly start a video or audio streaming on simply pressing the Cast button.
With the new Chromecast, you get an access to choose from more than 200,000 TV shows & films and around 30 million songs. You can also discover radio and sports content, and games from free and paid subscription offered by hundreds of apps. This includes the likes of Saavn music and radio, Wynk music, Netflix, Twitch, Google Play movies, Eros Now, Yupp TV, Ditto TV and Hungama Play among others.
Google is also offering free six months subscription to Saavn Pro and Hooq. After six months free subscription ends, users will have to pay Rs 99 month and Rs 249 per month to avail Saavn Pro and Hooq services. In terms of games, you have the likes of Fitflap, Just Dance Now, Angry Birds Go and a lot more to choose from.
The Chromecast Audio, on the other hand, is a small circular device that connects to your speakers, and in turn lets you stream music using Wi-Fi Direct. As the device streams uncompressed audio, there is no loss in the audio quality. You connect the Chromecast to the speakers via a 3.5mm, RCA or Optical digital input jack, and stream music from an Android or iOS device, as well as a Windows PC, Mac and Chromecast.
There is no need for any sort of pairing either and, you can simply hit the cast button on any music streaming app to listen to music. There is also a ‘guest access mode,’ which allows users to stream music even when not connected to a Wi-Fi network.