Google unveils new Chromecast with greatly improved WiFi performance

New Nexus phones not your thing? That’s cool, because Google’s just getting started, and we’ve still got plenty of new hardware left to meet at today’s event. After spending a little time talking about improvements to some of its apps, including expanded Chromecast support, Google’s making a segue into the next generation of Chromecast hardware. Just like with the Nexus phones, we’re looking at two devices today, and the first of them is the revamped Chromecast itself.

The most striking change here is immediately the dongle’s design, acknowledging the space-constraint issues the original model with its integrated HDMI port suffered from and adding a short HDMI cable to ease installation.

With newly enhanced WiFi coverage, including 5GHz support, the second-gen Chromecast should deliver stutter-free playback even in areas of your home with weak signal strength.

Sales begin today in 17 nations around the globe, with yellow and red color options joining the standard black. Google’s keeping the price the same for this second-gen hardware, back at $35.

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Source: Google

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