The aptly named Chromecast 2 is Google’s first major revision to the device since it was first released all the way back in July 2013. While that doesn’t sound too long, in a tech world where new devices are released seemingly annually, that’s practically an eternity.
The first Chromeast was a wildly successful device, with Google touting sales of over 20 million so far. It wasn’t without issues though, as many users complained of frequent buffering with the device. Still, for only $35, it let users get video content from their smartphones , browser windows , and their tablets to their TV. You’d be hard-pressed to find a device that can do all that for a lower price.
Now, this device is available in orange, yellow, and black, the first two of which certainly stand out. It doesn’t look like a dongle anymore either: it’s round, with a small HDMI cable budding from the top. The power cable plugs into the bottom, and that’s all it takes to get it up and running.
Google is promising far superior performance with the Chromecast 2 . It achieves this boost thanks to its three different Wi-Fi antennas, which it can switch to on the fly, based on the network conditions.
Google also announced that the new Chromecast 2 would begin to support games. At launch that includes a special version of Angry Birds, as well as games like WGT Golf, Monopoly Here and Now, Mini Motors WRT and Driver Speedboat Paradise, with others to come. While not exactly a gaming lineup that will rival the Xbox One or PS4, when you consider that it’s an afterthought of a device you only spent $35 on in the first place, it’s a neat addition.
The all new Chromecast 2 would come up with some new features that is , a small change that users will appreciate is the ability to customize the background photos that are shown when the device is idle. Now, users can choose images from Google Photos, Getty Images, Facebook photos, 500PX and Pixlr, which should make it feel like a more personalized device than the random photos that are displayed now. This product may be a worth buying in comparison to first version of Chromecast.