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What's new in the latest Google Chromecast

Team YS
5th Oct 2016
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Launched on Tuesday at the Google Pixel event, Chromecast Ultra, boasts of advanced features like 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, faster speed and Wi-Fi improvements.

Google announced the much awaited launch of Pixel, the first ‘Made by Google’ phone. The other launches of the day include Daydream – platform for high quality mobile VR; Google Home – voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant; and Chromecast Ultra – the new Chromecast with 4K and HDR support.


Also read: Pixel, the first ‘Made by Google’ smartphone to open for pre-orders in India on October 13


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The features of the new Chromecast include:

Deeper colors

Chromecast Ultra supports 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision, and gives a crisper picture with higher resolution and more vibrant colors. Right now, users can stream 4K content from Netflix, YouTube and Vudu. Later this year, Google Play Movies & TV will be rolling out 4K content. Even if a TV isn’t 4K-ready, Chromecast Ultra automatically optimizes TV’s picture.

Faster Chromecast, with optional Ethernet port

Chromecast Ultra loads videos 1.8 times faster than other Chromecast devices and includes major Wi-Fi improvements to support streams from full HD to Ultra HD without a hitch. For tricky Wi-Fi environments, Google is adding Ethernet support for a wired connection.

Old features

Users can cast the content from thousands of apps using your phone, tablet or laptop. They can mirror any content from their Android device or from a browser tab (using Chrome) to the TV.

Works with Google Home

Google Home, the voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant, can control smart home devices, including Chromecast. Combined with Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra, Google Home can control TV — completely hands free.

Google Chromecast Ultra will be available for pre-order in November in US. India launch hasn't been announced yet.


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