The hugely-popular Google Chromecast has been faced with fiercer competition in recent months, but Google is not willing to surrender its hold on the media streaming segment yet – judging by its decision to release a sequel, the Chromecast 2 to the streamer at an equally pocket-friendly price.
Google Chromecast 2 comes with an all-new app and faster Wi-Fi support, amongst other features.
Google Chromecast 2 parades a different design from the first-generation Chromecast. Google has decided to do away with the USB stick look on its latest streaming dongle, going for a hockey puck-like design instead.
The compact streamer has an HDMI cable attached to make it easier connecting to the back of your wall-mounted TVs. The cable has integrated magnet and is designed to fold neatly for enhanced portability. Google Chromecast 2 lets you stream content from mobile devices and computers to your TV, is available in black, red or yellow.
Improved Wireless Connection
Some people complain about the Wi-Fi support on the original Chromecast; Google has listened and acted. The Chromecast 2 supports latest, faster Wi-Fi 802.11ac via 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks.
Its maker talks about a new adaptive antenna system comprising three antennas – compared to Chromecast which had only one – for better Wi-Fi streaming capability.
Google Chromecast 2 aims to compete better against latest rival streaming devices with a fresh Chromecast app which will be available in the next few weeks for Android and iOS devices.
The streamer app displays apps that support casting and provides easy access to all devices on a network for faster streaming. It makes it easier finding popular movies, TV shows and other videos on supported apps.
Google Chromecast 2 brings along a new feature called Fast Play, which makes content available almost instantly for streaming. It can be used for gaming, with your mobile device serving as a controller and your TV as an external display – your mobile device needs to have accelerometer sensor.
Depending on game, up to four phones are supported for gaming on the same TV set side by side. Google says many more apps now support casting through Chromecast 2, including Netflix, Sling TV and Discovery.
Pricing & Availability
Google Chromecast 2 is now available in 17 countries (Nigeria is not one of them). Google Chromecast 2 price is set at $35 (7,000 Naira).