Google launched its first Chromecast media streamer in 2013 and the company introduced an upgraded model with a faster processor and a new design in 2015.
Now it looks like the company is getting ready to launch a 3rd-gen Chromecast.
Redditor GroveStreetHomie went to Best Buy to pick up a Chromecast this weekend, and wound up getting what appears to be an unannounced new model rather than the 2nd-gen version that’s been available for the past few years.
Unfortunately it’s impossible to set up the new Chromecast since it requires a new version of the Google Home app which hasn’t been released yet. But physically it looks a lot like the 2nd-gen Chromeast: both are circular devices with a built-in HDMI cable and connector that lets you plug the device into your TV and hang.
It’s reportedly a little thicker than the 2nd-gen model, but it still uses a micro USB port for power. And the Chrome logo has been replaced with a simple G for Google.
The Best Buy cashier had a difficult time processing the purchase because while the Chromecast was on the store shelf, the company’s inventory system said it had a release date of October 9th — which is the day Google is holding an event where the company is expected to unveil new phones, Chromebooks, and other devices (it sure looks like a new Chromecast is one of those new devices).
GroveStreetHomie wound up getting it for the same $35 price as a 2nd-gen Chromecast since the cashier used the SKU for the older model during checkout.
At this point it’s unclear if the 3rd-gen Chromecast supports 4K HDR content or has any other benefits or if it simply has a new design. But with Roku now selling 4K-ready media streamers for as little as $40, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Google, Amazon, and other competitors try to match or beat that price.
Up until now if you’ve wanted a 4K capable Chromecast, your only option has been the $69 Chromecast Ultra (which was released in 2016).
I don’t know why they don’t make it a androidtv dongle with googlecast. Instead of dedicated Chromecast. Would help promote androidtv, and make it more popular. So some of the apps developers don’t leave it behind because of lack of users. Like hulu not updating their app to use their tv service.
And supposedly better wifi as well.
I really hope it’s 4k because $70 for the current 4k version is way too expensive.
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