Google outs new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio
Along with the new Nexus devices, Google has also announced two new Chromecast devices – the improved and redesigned Chromecast for the TV and the Chromecast Audio.
First is the Chromecast which is designed to be used on your HDMI-equipped TV. Compared to the previous Chromecast, the new version now has a new look and color options, longer but bendable HDMI cable, support for 5GHz WiFI 802.11ac, and three internal antennas for better WiFi streaming.
Other features include Fast Play which pre-loads apps and content for Chromecast for quicker app launches or video playback, Content Discovery for easy discovery of Chromecast-enabled apps, new feeds in backdrop with support for Facebook and Flickr, and gaming optimization.
As for the Chromecast Audio, it works the same way as the Chromecast but streams audio (instead of video) from your smartphone and tablet to your speakers. Unlike its HDMI-equipped sibling, the Chromecast Audio uses RCA, 3.5mm, and Optical inputs.
The new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio is priced at $35 and works with iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac and Windows laptop, and Chromebook.