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.
The features of the new Chromecast include:
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.
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.
You may also like: The battle of the smartphones: iPhone vs. Pixel