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Watch things quicker with Chromecast Fast Play

As part of the Chromecast announcements at its big event out in San Francisco, Google pulled the wraps off something it's calling Chromecast Fast Play. Its aim? To be "faster than live TV."

Google says that one of the biggest frustrations of using online content providers is the delays caused by buffering. And we absolutely agree with that. What Fast Play is designed to do is allow content to cache in the background, with claims of being 80% faster.

It'll be made available to all developers and content providers, and on stage was demonstrated using Netflix. With new content caching algorithms, Google says the apps will be able to work out what you're going to want to see next. For example, the next episode in a series, and cue that up ready to roll. Content prediction will be on its way sometime in 2016.

  • Is this similar to what Amazon Fire TV does with Amazon Prime shows?
  • Will this be supported by the current Chromecast, or just the new one? Posted via the Android Central App
  • This! Posted via the Android Central App
  • If these features aren't available for the old Chromecast because it needs the new WiFi tech, then I'm buying a new one, for sure. If the old one can do all, or at least some of the new things, that makes it a tougher call. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's a mistake for it to think it knows what I'll watch next.
    Cueing that guessed-at content will waste bandwidth, and it'll be wrong. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Basically, the question is if this is strictly a software feature upgrade or if it will require the new hardware.
  • Exactly. I suspect the gaming requires the new hardware for better latency. I'm not sure about the quick play stuff though. It might well be possible for the old hardware. Posted via the Android Central App