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It must be autumn, as Google is gearing up to announce a new Chromecast streaming dongle.

Dubbed either the Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra, it's said to be 4K-compatible, so you can stream films and TV shows in a resolution that's four times as sharp as standard HD.

The device was said to be set to launch last year, but was put on hold for some reason.

Google is also set to launch new phones at the event – the Pixel and Pixel XL – as well as offer more details on its Google Home artificial intelligence-equipped speaker and Daydream VR, its first virtual reality headset.

Last October, Google announced two new models of Chromecast: the Chromecast 2 and the Chromecast Audio. At £30, both are an absolute steal. We'll have to see if Google can make its 4K model just as affordable.

4K is still a fairly niche format. 4K TVs are becoming more affordable, but are still more expensive than non-4K models. Plus because people don't replace their TVs that often, uptake of the new format will be slow. But Sky, BT, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix all offer content in 4K, so there is becoming more and more to watch in the resolution.

Source: Android Police

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