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Google Launches New Chromecast 2

Theerdha Reddy
Written by Theerdha Reddy

What is Chromecast?

Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use an Android phone, tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favourite entertainment and apps right to the big screen.

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Chromecast 2

Chromecast is a INR 3000 dongle that plugs into any HDMI screen enabling you to make a dumb TV smart. All you need is a single HDMI port into which to plug in Chromecast, and a single USB port (or a nearby mains outlet) from which to power it.

In its second-generation the Chromecast has a new circular design and a built-in HDMI cable, which means you can take it anywhere and plug it into any TV, and then use any device on the network to remotely control it.

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Chromecast – Audio

Chromecast Audio is a small dongle, also priced at INR 3000, but the difference here is that it handles just audio- rather than audiovisual content, and plugs into a speaker rather than a TV. Indeed, Chromecast Audio plugs into any home speaker using an AUX cable, then allows you to cast audio to it.

The new Chromecast Audio is just as simple as Chromecast to use – you simply plug it into power, connect to a wireless network, and start casting.

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Take a look at First look of Chromecast audio:

 

Google redesigned the Chromecast Android App:

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Death of Smart TVs and Sonos?

As I watched the demo of these devices, the first thing I thought of is “Sonos and smart TVs are dead.” I mean, who would want to buy one now? The experience on them is extremely janky, jam-packed with interfaces that never update. I mean, I’ve spoken to teams that work solely on creating content and “apps” for smart TVs and they tell me it’s a waste of time since buyers never even use them.

Plus, it’s just really hard to pack the CPU power to do cool things into a TV. When we’re talking about audio, the same goes for Sonos. You’re pushed into using their interface, which isn’t the best. The speaker quality is great, but if you already have your own, why bother?

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