Chromecast streamer update

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Google has updated its Chromecast streaming player, promising a 15 per cent improvement in hardware speed for the same price as the previous generation model. The updated version will support streamed content in 1080p at 60 FPS, offering what Google described as “a more lifelike image”.

It will also work seamlessly with Google Home speakers, allowing users with compatible services to use voice commands to start watching programmes.

Other new features include more personalisation, with viewers able to display pictures from Google Photos on their TV when they are not watching something. Later this year users will also be able to add ‘Chromecast to speaker groups’ so that they can listen to music in sync throughout their house.

The new version of the Chromecast comes in two colours – “chalk and charcoal”. The device costs $35 in the US and £35 in the UK.


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