What appears to be a new model of Google's Chromecast has been spotted passing through FCC, but unfortunately it's a filing that will fail to excite many holding off for 5GHz Wi-Fi support and other features. In fact, H2G2-2A will not bring any noticeable improvements to the table, confirmed by a recent Chromecast team AMA on Reddit. According to Google's Jacky Hayward:
We're always working to update Chromecast with the the latest software and hardware components, but we don't have any new user-facing features planned for this device.
So while we will see a new Chromecast come from Google, there won't be any new features you'll be able to use. The good news is for those who already own the Chromecast – your device won't suddenly become obsolete. We'll have to hold out on the Nexus Player.
The Galaxy Watch 4 continues to prove to be the smoothest and most capable Android smartwatch to date, but the app experience is still lagging. My father golfed with my Galaxy Watch 4, and it only highlighted the divide.
These new phones aren't cheap. The new iPhone 13 Pro Max with 1TB of storage is priced at $1,599. That's nearly the same price as the Samsung Z Fold 3 with 256GB of storage, priced at $1,799. So instead of buying those things, here's a list of all the things you could buy.
Whether in the shape of a smaller footprint or a foldable form factor, two of the smartphone industry's giants see value in smaller phones. I think it's time for Google to give us a more petite Pixel again, perhaps with the 6a series?
If you've been having trouble with Wi-Fi on your streaming stick, an Ethernet adapter may be a good investment. A wired connection avoids signal interference or bandwidth competition and gives your cast or stream priority access to data. Some adapters do just that, while others take advantage of the direct access to your Chromecast or Fire TV Stick to add other useful features.