Google to rebrand the official Chromecast app to Google Cast

Google has announced the company will be rebranding the Chromecast app as Google Cast, effective this week. As well as a shiny new website, the official apps for both Android and iOS will be updated to reflect the new name. The switch makes sense considering just how many devices can now run Google Cast technology, including TVs, displays, Chromecast, and even speakers.

"We're also changing the name of the Chromecast app to Google Cast app, to better reflect that Google Cast technology is now supported across a wide range of devices such as Chromecast, TVs, displays and speakers. The Google Cast app makes it easy for you to discover great stuff to watch, find more apps, customize backdrop, and more. The updated Google Cast app will be rolling out this week on Android & iOS."

As noted in the announcement, the change should take place this week on supported mobile platforms. Hit the new Google Cast website below to see what products support Google's technology.

Check out the new Google Cast website

31 Comments
  • As it should be. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup.. Chromecast didn't really make much sense. They should rename the device too Posted via Techmology
  • Google it up
  • I like the name Chromecast better but Google Cast is alright. Be Together Not The Same
  • Sure, everything needs to have the name Google on it. There was nothing working with Chromecast. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, apple has their name in on everything as well. Unified branding is important. Consumers are dumb,
  • It's just a name Zig Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Chrome is a browser and os. Had nothing to do with casting. Google cast is better because it's universal for Chrome, Android, iOS, etc.. Posted via Techmology
  • Makes sense as the device's usage expands... the Chrome branding didn't make much sense, other than sounding cool.
  • I'll say what I've said before, mid tier androids and up should come with a complimentary CC. They go together like pb&j Posted via the Android Central App
  • Considering how cheap they are I don't think it really matters Moto X Pure
  • Yep Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • OEMs themselves wouldn't really benefit from bundling a Chromecast with their devices, though, so I doubt they'd want to pay for it. I suppose Google could partner with the OEMs and foot the bill themselves, but that could have some anti-competitive practice ramifications, which I'm sure Google would much rather steer clear of, given the current climate.
  • Ok how about this then, all nexus's come with a CC er I mean a GC Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nexus def should.. They seem to be the only ones that take full advantage of the features.. Like screen casting. Unless that's working now on others, but I have yet to see it work properly on anything but a Nexus. Posted via Techmology
  • All we need now is for a firmware upgrade to allow the device to support native framerates (such as 1080p24 used by Netflix and Amazon). Motion judder/pull-down is irritating. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or 1080p60..... Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Sweet, this usually means new free offers.
  • Great! First question, will Cast work with the previous gen Chromecast? Second question, will this app finally have a remote control? Because why the f would I care if I can't control videos or music with my phone? I never understood why a basic remote was never included in Chromecast...
  • Google tries to answer that question: http://www.google.com/cast/tv/#compare
  • They should have done this in the first place. It's called brand recognition Posted via the Android Central App
  • They have been selling millions of chromecasts from the beginning without being called Google cast lol. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Yeah I don't really have a pressing need for it but for 30$ it is just something to have 'in case' Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sure Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • $20 refurbished on Groupon. Works perfectly and has warranty from Google Posted via Techmology
  • I like the name, Chromecast way better then Googlecast. Posted via the Android Central App
  • yeah, Chromecast is a cool name
  • I do as well but the name is misleading Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lucky i love my google everything lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok here's my 2¢. When the device 1st dropped I thought it was strictly for chrome browser. Which we kno isn't the case. So changing the name to GC actually makes sense. It's only bc we've became used to hearing CC but I approve of the name change bc the device works well outside of just chrome. Posted via the Android Central App
  • does anyone even use the word "casting" or state that they're "chromecasting"? Posted via the Android Central App