Two and a half years after the launch of Google Chromecast, Google's popular HDMI streaming stick may finally receive a successor. According to a new report, the new Google Chromecast may launch at the company's Sept. 29 event, sporting a completely refreshed design, improved Wi-Fi and a new Fast Play feature for easier media consumption. Spotify integration is also rumored for Chromecasts new and old.
Based on photos and obtained by 9to5Google, the new iteration will still be called Chromecast, but will ditch its original stick-like design for a what looks like a small balloon attached to a dongle. If the pictures prove accurate, shoppers will be able to choose between yellow, black and red versions of the device.
While the documentation obtained by 9to5Google didn't mention the specifics of the device's new Fast Play feature, it may be designed to lessen the lag that some Chromecast users experience after clicking the Cast button. Google is reportedly looking to beef up the Chromecast's Wi-Fi capabilities, meaning the new iteration may finally include support for the faster 802.11ac band in favor of its predecessor's 802.11b/g/n.
Based on close analysis of another leaked photo from 9to5Google, the new Chromecast may have an auxiliary audio port, which could work with a feature called Chromecast Audio. This would allow Chromecast to connect with your home stereo across multiple rooms.
The new Chromecast is rumored to revealed on Sept. 29, at the same Google event we suspect new Nexus devices to debut. Google is also expected to announce the long-awaited Spotify app for its streaming stick at the briefing.
If a new Chromecast launches this fall, it'll have some serious competition in the streaming TV market. Apple is launching a new $149 Apple TV with a dedicated App Store and Siri support, and Amazon has revealed a new $99 Fire TV with 4K video, as well as a refreshed $49 Fire TV Stick that now features voice control.