Chromecast Audio, Google's little dongle that turned dumb speakers into Chromecast targets, is officially being laid to rest.
Recently on the r/Chromecast subreddit, someone from the United Kingdom reported that a Chromecast Audio they ordered back in Christmas had been canceled. According to a support representative from Google that got in contact with them, the order was canceled as a result of the Chromecast Audio being discontinued.
Echoing what that customer support rep said, a Google spokesperson gave the following statement to 9to5Google:
If you've been following Google's hardware efforts, this likely doesn't come as much of a surprise.
The regular Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra still serve as great video streaming products, but when it comes to audio, the main focus is now on Google Assistant-powered devices like the Google Home and Home Mini.
For people that do have higher-end audio systems and don't feel like buying new speakers just to have the Google Assistant, I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see Google launch something like the Echo Input this year that turns older speakers into both a Chromecast target and outfits them with the Google Assistant, too.
In any case, if you want to pick up a Chromecast Audio before it's gone for good, B&H still has it in stock at a discounted price of just $15.
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