Google on Wednesday launched the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio in India. The two devices, which are essentially stylish dongles with some cool functionality, will be sold through e-commerce sites like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon. Retailers like Chroma and Reliance will also stock these. Both the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio have been priced at Rs 3,399.
“With a sleek design, a wealth of fresh content and an updated app to find the best entertainment, the new Chromecast will make streaming faster and easier. Chromecast Audio is a new device that plugs into speakers to stream radio, podcasts and music over WiFi,” said a Google spokesperson.
Google says that Chromecast turns any compatible TV — one with a USB port — into a smart TV. The new Chromecast has an updated design that makes it easier slip into congested ports on a TV. Google also says that the Chromecast “supports the latest WiFi standards and adapts to changing WiFi conditions in most homes, ensuring higher quality video with less buffering”.
The Chromecast Audio, meanwhile, is a dongle for speakers. Once connected to a speaker, the dongle allows it to pair with a smartphone or laptop. “The small device plugs into existing speakers to stream music, radio and podcasts over WiFi, similar to Chromecast. It works with a number of apps including Saavn and Wynk Music. The multi-room feature makes it possible to connect multiple speakers throughout a living space,” says a Google spokesperson.
“The new Chromecast brings your favorite entertainment from your mobile devices to the big screen with ease. With improved connectivity, a new design and an updated app, friends and family can share the fun of streaming movies, music, games and shows. Chromecast Audio, our newest addition, lets you enjoy your favorite music, podcasts and radio from anywhere,” said Mickey Kim, head of APAC Chromecast Partnerships