Google quietly releases a new Chromecast in black and white

Google talked about a lot of new products at its October 9 hardware event, but one new gadget that wasn't even mentioned is a slightly upgraded Chromecast.

If you already have a Chromecast, you probably don't need to get the new one. The only things that have changed include an updated design and new Chalk (aka white) color. Under the hood is improved Wi-Fi for faster speeds and more reliable connections.

It still plugs into your TV via HDMI, streams all of your content in 1080p Full HD, and works with all existing Chromecast apps. Google tells us that the new Chromecast is 15% faster, and that is just enough to add support for streaming 1080p video at 60fps, unlike the last generation that limited resolution to 720p for 60fps streaming. Google also says Chromecasts will soon have the ability to play audio in groups with other smart devices like a Chromecast Audio. This feature is coming "later this year".

You can purchase the new Chromecast from the Google Store right now for $35 if you're interested.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.