The Next-Gen Chromecast Is Coming September 29 With Spotify Support, Better WiFi, And “Fast Play”
Two years ago, Google released a cool little gadget that turns any TV into a smart TV. At only $35, it was (and is) an absolute steal for watching digital content in your living room.
Since its release, the Chromecast has received a number of software updates, but its hardware has remained unchanged. But that’s no longer the case, according to a report from 9To5Google. Internal documents from Google suggest we’ll see a new Chromecast on September 29, the same date we expect to see new Nexus devices. The new Chromecast will have a totally new design (round, with three color options) as well as an assortment of new features.
Spotify, which is still absent from the platform, will finally be supported. The new device will feature improved Wi-Fi connectivity, which, according to 9To5Google, likely indicates support for the 802.11ac band. Various content feeds will be available on the Chromecast’s homescreen, likely providing additional backdrop options. And finally, the new Chromecast should be faster at playing content once you tap the Cast button on your device, thanks to a new “Fast Play” feature.
The documents suggest the new Chromecast will be priced similarly to the original, which has always been its biggest competitive advantage.