The original Chromecast was great for what it was. It allowed you to serve up HD content to your TV from your phone or computer, all for just $35. But it was lacking in some areas, areas that have now been fixed with the announcement of the second gen Chromecast.
The new Chromecast is functionally identical to the original, but it has updated internals and a new design. The new Chromecast now includes three antennas for improved connectivity, and access to 802.11ac and 5ghz WiFi. It’s also a round circle now with the HDMI connector attached to a short cord. This will allow the Chromecast to hang away from your TV, giving your more room to work with in what is most likely a crowded place for most people. Unfortunately, the new Chromecast still doesn’t have 4k support.
Google also announced a Chromecast Audio dongle today, which works with any 3.5mm speakers. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a Chromecast made just for streaming audio to older speakers. Chrome cast Audio will work with Google Music and apps like Spotify(!) and Pandora.
Both the second gen Chromecast and Chromecast Audio will sell for $35.