Rumor: Second-Gen Chromecast Coming This Month

18 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A successor to the Chromecast expected to be unveiled at Google’s event later this month.

Two new Nexus phones aren’t the only items expected at Google’s press event on September 29. According to 9to5Google, which got its hands on some internal documents that spilled Google’s plans, the new Chromecast will look a lot different from the original Chromecast, which resembles a USB key than anything else.

The successor to the popular media streaming device is slated to be unveiled at the upcoming Google event later this month, and is expected to include enhancements such as customizable feeds on the home screen, improved WiFi performance and an all-new feature called ‘Fast Play’. Perhaps the biggest change in the device is to do with its actual physical design–the traditional dongle-like form factor is rumored to be changed up for a more approachable shape, and in different colors. There’s also talk of a Chromecast Audio — which may in fact be a different piece of hardware — which would allow you to attach the streamer to audio hardware directly using an aux lead, offering multi-room support and the ability to mirror Chrome or Android audio. The current Chromecast uses 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, so it sounds like the next version will support the newer 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, but that’s just speculation at this point.

The Fast Play feature apparently means the next Chromecast will connect faster than the original version when you “cast” something from your mobile device. As for the feeds, there’s no word on what this is. 9to5Google figures it means you’ll be able to integrate social media feeds when the Chromecast flips to its idle backdrop mode.

As usual, these are rumors so they need to be taken with a pinch of salt — but these all certainly seems like perfectly believable additions to the little stick. According to leaked documents accessed by 9to5Google, this feature lets you plug in your Chromecast directly into any speaker via an auxiliary cord thereby giving Chromecast support to any speaker or audio system in your house. The impact on you at home: Chromecast Audio sounds like a way for Google to expand Chromecast’s reach and serve users who haven’t got a Cast for Audio-compatible sound system.

Presumably, you could then plug a speaker directly into the Chromecast itself, which would then transform any boring speaker around your house into a device to which you can stream music. Cast for Audio is a hardware feature built-in to particular speakers and audio systems in order to wirelessly send audio from your phone to the speaker using the Chromecast protocols.

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