Google released the first-ever Chromecast back in 2013 and changed the streaming devices forever. With a $30 Chromecast, one could stream content from apps on your TV with the help of your smartphone. But later competition caught up and improved the category so much that Google got left behind. But its time for Google to step up.
Google is getting ready to revamp the Chromecast lineup according to a report from 9to5Google. They stated that the successor to 3rd gen Chromecast code-named “Sabrina” is capable of streaming 4K HDR Content. It will be possible for us to control the new device with a Bluetooth-enabled remote controller. The new Chromecast might run Android 10 based Android TV out of the box.
The remote is said to resemble the Daydream VR remote. It will support Google Assistant and will have a built-in microphone to interact with the Assistant. The new version of Chromecast will closely match the latest design language of Google products.
The Google Chromecast is available for $69 as it was released over three years ago. It would be interesting to see if Google decides to keep the existing version or cancel it altogether. The new version with New OS and remote should give a fierce competition to the Amazon Firestick, which has been eating up the majority of the market share in the streaming device category.
Google will announce the new version during the I/O 2020, which is expected to happen sometime in May.