New Google Chromecast rumored for September 29 intro with both external and internal changes
A revised version of the Chromecast digital media player launched way back in July 2013 has probably been a long time in the making, and after Amazon’s latest Fire TV Stick rehash, there’s no point in waiting any further.
As such, Google could choose to cram a bunch of hardware and software announcements into its September 29 San Francisco press event, officially dispatching Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as well as taking the wraps off an LG-made Nexus 5X, Huawei-produced Nexus 6 2015, and second-gen Chromecast.
The “New Chromecast” dongle will apparently shake off the now traditional USB flash drive appearance, going a fairly odd circular route instead that seems to evoke… a balloon. Colored in yellow, black or red, the small contraption should still seamlessly plug into your HDTV’s HDMI port, going online via enhanced WiFi support, with 802.11ac band possibly added to the b/g/n equation.
The voice-controlled Fire TV Stick, mind you, caps off at n speeds, despite costing $50, or around 15 bucks north of the original Chromecast, which may well be the 2015 model’s exact price tag too.
Of course, for $35, you won’t be getting a fancy voice remote, though a number of fresh tricks up the Chromecast’s sleeve will likely make up for the drawback. “Fast Play” aims to, well, improve play velocity, with quicker connections and content streamed in a jiffy from various supported devices and services.
Speaking of services, Spotify compatibility is reportedly in the pipeline at last, and a Chromecast Audio feature might let you hook up the media streamer directly to a speaker through an auxiliary cable, with high-quality sound, and multi-room support.
That’s a promising first rumored set of upgrades and tweaks, but surely, there must be more coming. A zippier processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, those kinds of things.