Rumor: Second Gen. Chromecast and Updated App Due This Month

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Rumors and blurry images are plentiful today for what may be an upcoming refresh to the extremely popular Google Chromecast and its accompanying app. With an event planned for the 29th of this month, it is not unlikely that alongside a couple of Nexus phones, Google may also reveal an updated model of it’s popular TV media streamer.

Courtesy of 9to5Google

Images courtesy of 9to5Google

9to5Google leaked some low resolution images and possible functionality updates which reveal that the second generation Chromecast will sport a whole new look. Taking on a round shape and deliberately ditching the dongle design (say that 10 times fast), the new Chromecast may have faster connectivity, be more powerful, and have a new connector. Currently supporting 802.11b/g/n, the upgrade to 802.11ac makes perfect sense; while updating the processor should help with the rumored “Feeds” feature that might display content from social networks or other updates over your main content.

It could also play a part in the “Fast Play” feature that could make content load faster and eliminate pauses between tracks and clips. “Chromecast Audio” might also materialize. Having separate “Google Cast for Audio” devices never really made sense, and served to only confuse consumers. This new feature would eliminate the redundancy  and make the Chromecast a two-in-one for streaming content to your TV, and to sound systems and speakers via a second connector. Presumably, a 3.5mm one.

Courtesy of 9to5Google

Image courtesy of 9to5Google

Included with the leak were also supposed and overpixelated (not even worth sharing) images of the overhauled Chromecast app. The new screens indicate that the currently-spartan app will now display installed Chromecast-capable apps, along with a link to the Chromecast Play Store section where more can be discovered and downloaded.  There may also be a “What’s On” section, providing a guide to some of the content made available through your Chromecast-enabled 3rd party apps. Perhaps a recent addition to Netflix catalog or a new episode of Game of Thrones on HBO Go.

There is no word on pricing, but we can all assume that it will be at least comparable to the first-gen model since the value was one of its biggest draws.

Rumors are fun, and we are looking forward to more details in the upcoming weeks.

What do you think of this possible new Chromecast? Would it be worth the upgrade or is the current model good enough for your needs? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on social media.

  Source: 9to5Google
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