Google has launched the Chromecast 2 streaming device and Chromecast Audio streaming device at an event Delhi, India. The Chromecast 2 was initially announced back in September last year. The Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio is priced at Rs.3,999 and will be available from Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm and offline retailers like Reliance and Croma. Google is offering free HOOQ subscription with Chromecast 2 and subscription to Saavn for 6 months with Chromecast Audio. Let’s check out the specifications and features of Chromecast 2.
The chromecast gets a brand new design and partly modified internals on board. Chromecast 2 biggest hardware change is that it will now support the 5GHz WiFi band and the faster 802.11ac standard which not only streams the contents faster but also gets past any network related congestions.
The Fast Play feature analyses your audio/video watching habits and pre-caches some amount of data. To put that in simple, once you start the chromecast and turn on the app and navigate to the content you have it in your mind the chromecast would have already downloaded some part of the content. This actually increases the normal day-to-day usage by allowing faster playback.
This time around Google has added some features to the gamers and developers allowing them to render the games on the smartphone and on TV as well but the sole controls will be on the smartphone, this feature will surely gain some attention for those who love playing games. The chromecast application now tells you which apps are compatible with the device and gives you content-based recommendations time to time. It is 13.49 mm thick and is supported on Android 4.1, iOS 7, Mac OS X 10.7, Windows 7 and higher.