Chromecast 2 | Australian price and release date

Angus Kidman 18 February 2016

google-chromecast-2015The second generation of Google's streaming dongle is now officially on sale in Australia.

Google officially launched its Chromecast 2 back in September, but Aussies have had to wait nearly six months for the device to officially go on sale in Australia.

The Chromecast 2 is priced at $59, though shopping around may score it cheaper and we'd expect the price to drop within 12 months, just like the previous Chromecast. Retailers selling the device include JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and Bing Lee. You can also pick it up online at Kogan for $69.

Unlike the original black-only Chromecast, the new model is available in a choice of black, red or yellow. It also ditches the former USB-like design for a circular appearance. Google also claims that it handles variations in Wi-Fi signal better, meaning there should be less pausing due to buffering.

Like the original, the Chromecast 2 can be controlled from a smartphone (iOS or Android), laptop or tablet. Almost any content viewable in a browser can be "cast", but the most popular choices tend to be streaming services like Netflix, Stan and Presto. If you don't have a smart TV with built-in apps for these services, then the Chromecast is a cheap and reliable solution. (If you're in an all-Apple universe, the Apple TV is also a solid alternative.)

At the same time as unleashing the tricolour updated Chromecast on Australia, Google has also launched the Chromecast audio, which can be plugged into speakers or amplifiers to let you stream music from your phone or other device via Wi-Fi. It's also priced at $59.

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