What's new with Chromecast and the Google Home app
The new Chromecast has a brand new look with improved functionality, faster Wi-FI and a sleeker design. The updated Google Home app makes it even easier to find the content you love, enjoy photos via backdrop, and play games.
What's different with the new ChromecastChromecast has a brand new look with a higher video resolution and less buffering. Get it at the same low cost of $35. Note: The new Chromecast is not available to purchase in all locations. Here is a list of countries where the new Chromecast and Chromecast (1st gen) is available.
|Better design||The new design fits into more TVs, especially those with crowded HDMI ports, without the need for adapters or extension cables|
|Improved Wi-Fi performance||Chromecast houses the latest Wi-Fi technology, including dual band 2.4 and 5GHz support, and support for 802.11ac. Use the latest and greatest routers on the market and get the highest quality video and audio with less buffering|
|Adaptive antenna system||Includes three separate antennas and ensures you’re always using the best antenna and radio frequency given the specific conditions of your home Wi-Fi environment|
|More colors||Black, lemonade, coral|
Plus new features for Chromecast and Chromecast (1st gen)You’ll find new features within the Google Home app that will make it even easier to find the content you love, adjust your backdrop, and play games — no matter which Chromecast device you have!
Google Home app
|New content||Try new apps like Spotify, Showtime (standalone app), NFL Sunday Ticket by DirecTV, CW Seed, and 7digital|
|What’s On tab||
Helps you discover featured content from the Cast apps you already have installed on your phone
Lets you personalize and control your Chromecast devices
|Get Apps tab||
Help you find the latest apps, games, and more that are Cast-enabled
Helps you find where you can watch content
|More content sources||In addition to famous works of art, geo images and news headlines, you can now customize your backdrop with more 3rd party content sources, including Getty and 500PX|
|Improved customization||Customize what you see on your TV screen with your own personal photos from Facebook, Google Photos, and Flickr|
|Your phone is a supercharged gaming remote||As you upgrade your phone, your Cast games automatically get better|
|New apps coming soon||Try the Chromecast gaming experience with one of new gaming apps coming soon.|
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