Google Unveils Chromecast Ultra At Pixel Event


At their recent Pixel Event, Google announced an upgraded version of the Chromecast called the Chromecast Ultra.

If you already own a Chromecast, there isn’t much difference in the physical design. The Chromecast Ultra is designed in its flat hockey puck shape and now features a “G” logo instead of the Chrome logo. There’s also a small HDMI cord to hide the device behind your TV and you can still mirror content from your Android devices. The Ultra will also work with Google Home once the latter is released.

The new Chromecast Ultra has the ability to stream 4K resolutions from YouTube, Netflix, and Vudu, and will also be able to stream movies from Google Play Music in November. The Ultra can also support HDR content – both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats.

The Ultra is the fastest version of the Chromecast available; it can load videos 1.8 times faster than the original Chromecast thanks to a new and improved Wi-Fi connectivity system. You don’t have to have a 4K TV to use the new device – the Chromecast Ultra comes with an Ethernet port on the power adapter just in case your Wi-Fi connection can’t handle 4K streams.

The Ultra will be released in November and will be a bit more expensive than its predecessor at $69 US.

Google presented a number of other products during its Pixel event this week. They announced their new Pixel phones and a Daydream View VR headset. They also announced Google Wi-Fi, a new router that you can buy in packs to ensure you have perfect Wi-Fi everywhere in your home.

Google also released more details about its Google Home device at the event. Similar to Amazon’s Echo, this device is a speaker that provides you with any type of information you can look up online (like weather updates, and traffic reports), lets you stream music, and can even read out any upcoming appointments you may have booked.

Visit the Google Store to learn more about Google’s new products.

Story sources: New Atlas, The Verge, Tech Crunch

Featured image source: engadget

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