Google launched 2nd-gen Chromecast and Chromecast Audio

Google has just announced two new Chromecast streaming devices, one for streaming video and photos to a TV, and one for streaming music to any kind of speakers.

The new Chromecast for the TV is a circular puck shape and plugs into the HDMI slot on a television via an integrated HDMI cable. The new device  has three Wi-Fi ariels supporting the newer dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac version, which according to Google should provide a

“more robust, high quality streaming experience for less buffering than you would have found previously with the Chromecast”

The device will also feature more games including Rovio’s Angry Birds and some racing games, competing with Amazon’s Fire TV and Apple’s upcoming new TV box.

Chromecast Audio

Google’s first Chromecast Audio connects to any kind of speakers  via a 3.5mm line out, optical out or standard phono jacks and allows you to play/stream music wirelessly.

“We’re trying to do for hi-fi what we’ve done with the TV – turn your hi-fi into a smart hi-ii,” said Saunders. “If you’re used to using apps on your smartphone then using the Chromecast should be easy, as all the processing and control is done on the phone.”

The Chromecast Audio will support any music streaming including Google’s Play Music, Deezer and TuneIn radio. Spotify also announced Chromecast support, while BBC Radio player support will be added in the near future.

Both new Chromecasts are powered by a microUSB cable and will be available in the next week or so, costing £30.

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