Google could soon launch the second-generation Chromecast hardware, claims a report published by 9To5Google.
As can be seen in the image above, Google has gone in for a new design, dropping the ‘dongle’ form factor of the first generation Chromecast hardware. It will also be offered in three different color options.
Apart from a complete re-design, the second-gen Google Chromecast is also expected to offer faster Wi-Fi with support for the newer 802.11ac standard. There are some significant changes to the software as well. One of the key new features will be content feeds on the Chromecast home screen, similar to the Apple TV.
Another new feature will be ‘Fast Play’, possibly allowing for much faster streaming of content. ‘Chromecast Audio’ is said to be onboard as well, allowing you to plug the new Chromecast to any speaker using an auxiliary cord. Multi-room support will be offered with this feature, letting you mirror your Chrome or Android Audio.
The new Chromecast is likely to be unveiled at Google’s September 29th event, where it will also unveil the two new Nexus smartphones. Pricing is expected to be similar to the first-generation model.