Updated Google Chromecast And Chromecast Audio Unveiled

By 10:55 Tue, 27 Jul 2021 Comments

Google's Chromecast was the best-selling item on Amazon at one point and now there's a recent one. There's also Chromecast Audio with multi-room support. The Chromecast app has been redesigned too.

Google Chromecast

With a $35/€40/£30 the Chromecast can smart up any TV – it supports video streaming and classy screen mirroring. There's already a remarkable roster of apps, but now Spotify, BBC iPlayer Radio and Chrome Photos are joining the party.

The Chromecast comes with a recent design, recent colors too (Black, Lemonade and Coral), and the much requested Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) ac at 5Giga Hertz (GHz) (remarkable for apartments with congested Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) traffic).

Unfortunately, the resolution is still capped at 1080p – there's no 4K UHD video support. This is quite disappointing since 4K streaming services are picking up speed and, of course, the recent Nexus phones (among many others) can shoot 4K video.

As before, you can utilize Android (4.1+), iOS (7.0+), Windows (7+) or Mac Operating System (OS) X (10.7+) to connect to your Chromecast.

By the way, a cool recent feature lets a game display the game graphics on the TV via the Chromecast and draw a controller on the phone's classy screen (Apple has been doing it with Apple TV for a while).

Google Chromecast Audio

If you're lusting after a multi-room speaker setup but a Sonos is out of your price range, you can grab a $35/€40/£30 Chromecast Audio. You can utilize a Cast-enabled app on your phone (Android or iOS, tablets and desktops work too) to search, play and queue songs.

The gadacquire has an optical out, RCA and 3.5mm AUX connectors to hook up just about any speaker. If you utilize multiple Chromecast Audios around your houtilize they will sync playback between them so you can go between rooms and haged listening. Well, you would be able to do that later this year (an update is coming).

Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, BBC iPlayer Radio and others are available natively for music streaming. Another option is to mirror the audio from your Android device your laptop's Chrome browser to a Chromecast so you can utilize pretty much any music service you like. You can utilize your local collection too, of course.

Either way, the streaming is done over Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) so no quality is lost (rather than the lossy Bluetooth). And friends and family can easily share music from their devices too without any setup required.



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