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google chromecast 2018

The new Google Chromecast is official. Google’s latest streaming device is 15 per cent faster than its predecessor, yet costs the same. It’s the first refresh of the device in three years.

That speed increase means it’s now powerful enough to support 60fps streaming at 1080p, which is the highest quality of high definition available. (The previous model could only managed 720p.)

Like the Chromecast Audio, the new model lets you play music through your TV in sync with other speakers connected to Google’s smart devices. Though this feature won’t launch until later this year.

It also has a new look. Gone is the glossy finish in favour of matte black, complete with Google’s G logo.

Sadly, it doesn’t have the rumoured Bluetooth support, which would have let you use games controllers with it. Google also made no mention of a games streaming service which was rumoured.

There’s no 4K either. For that, you’ll still need to upgrade to the Chromecast Ultra.

The new Chromecast is on sale now from Google, for the same £30 as its predecessor,

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