Google quietly launches updated Chromecast
Google's updated 1080p-capable Chromecast has a slightly new look... and that's about all.
Prior to today's "Made By Google" launch event, rumours had swirled around a new Google Chromecast, with some claiming to have purchased a new unit in stores, and some suggestions of incoming Bluetooth compatibility.
While Google didn't make any noise onstage about a new Chromecast, it turns out that there is indeed a new Google streaming puck, although at the time of writing, it doesn't appear to be available in the Australian Google Store.
The "new" Chromecast isn't an update to the 4K-capable Google Chromecast Ultra (which is still available in Australia for $99), but is instead a very slight redesign of the existing 1080p capable puck device. The Google Chromecast Ultra makes it cheap and easy to stream 4K content to your big-screen TV.
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When we say slight redesign, we're not kidding, either. There's a tiny Google logo on the "new" Chromecast, and it's in a matte, rather than glossy finish.
Otherwise (without having one to hand to tear apart), there doesn't appear to be any difference between this Chromecast and its immediate predecessor in terms of feature set. Bluetooth is notably absent, although it was always a curious potential inclusion.
We'll have to wait and see if low-gloss is enough to get Google to bring it Down Under at all.