Google held a big hardware event today where they announced their new Pixel 3 phones. While it wasn’t part of the mentioned during the main presentation itself, Google also announced a refreshed version of the Chromecast. The new 3rd generation model now bumps up 60 fps video playback from 720p on the previous generation to 1080p. Also being added is support for Chromecast Audio which allows the device to be included in multi-room audio groups.
Google says the new Chromecast is 15% faster than the model it replaces, but not much has changed, other than the already mentioned new capabilities. It still doesn’t have a remote or user interface and relies on a smartphone to send video to the Chromecast. There’s still no support for 4K video, so the aging Chromecast Ultra remains the only option from Google for UHD video.
Google has dropped the Chrome logo and glossy finish of the previous model for a matte charcoal (gray) or chalk (white) housing that now features the Google “G” logo. The device is still powered through a micro USB port with a button next to the port that reboots the device. The new Chromecast is available starting today from Google for $35.