In 2014 Google introduced Chromecast on the international market. Recently Google launched two new products: Chromecast 2.0 and Chromecast Audio. Our senior Android developer, Eltjo, was already the owner of Google’s first generation Chromecast and is now also the owner of Google’s new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. Time to ask him about his experience. Is the new Chromecast better than the first generation Chromecast?
“Chromecast is ideal for streaming media to your TV or speakers using different devices, like your smartphone or tablet.” says Eltjo. Chromecast turns your ‘dumb’ TV into a smart TV and with Chromecast Audio you are now able to turn your dumb speaker set into a smart one. Google’s Chromecast Audio is very easy to use, just plug it into your speaker and you can stream your music over Wi-Fi. “We want to solve everything the smart way. Chromecast Audio is a very small investment that allows you to easily change your speakers into smart speakers.”
Chromecast 1.0 vs. Chromecast 2.0
“Chromecast 2.0 is a lot quicker than its predecessor and it has 5GHz Wi-Fi support. Your stream starts almost instantly and it supports video resolutions up to 1080p." says Eltjo. Google has also adjusted the design of the Chromecast 2.0. The first version of Chromecast looked like a USB stick, Chromecast 2.0 has a new small, round design with a built-in HDMI cable and three different Wi-Fi antennas. It is available in three different colors, black, lemonade, coral. Chromecast 2.0 has a few improvements compared to Chromecast 1.0:
- Better performance
- Better design
- A much more reliable signal.
“The device is so small and compact that I even take it with me on vacation.” says Eltjo.
Thanks to Chromecast you can turn your TV screen into a big game board. You don’t need any expensive controllers, just use your smartphone as your controller. As a developer, Eltjo finds it interesting to develop multi-user experiences for Chromecast.
The Chromecast Audio device looks almost like Google’s Chromecast 2.0 device, the only visual difference is that it has an AUX cable and it resembles a turntable. You can turn your dumb speakers into smart speakers, by just hooking it up to your speaker and opening the Chromecast app to swipe your music to the speaker. Spotify already announced that they are supporting the cast-function of the Chromecast audio device. The device connects your speakers with your Wi-Fi, so you can stream music to your speakers.
The Chromecast Audio also has a guest mode, ideal for when you are throwing a party and people are continuously asking to play a particular song. Now they can connect their own smartphone with the device and play their favourite songs.
The biggest plus of Google’s new Chromecast products? They are both €39,-. Compare that with Apple TV or Sonos, it is a very small investment. According to Eltjo it is worth your money.
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