Chromecast. Most people have one, and most have probably forgotten they do; the device lives behind your TV and diligently works away. I’ve used my Chromecast 2 for years and it is one of my most-used tech devices.
It’s been a while since Google updated its Chromecast, but all that is about to change as word about the Chromecast 3 release date just leaked. According to reports it’s landing on October 9th.
Chromecast 3 Features
So what’s Google got in store for us with the Chromecast 3?
Well, the first thing is that it’ll be faster: the new Chromecast 3, according to an FCC filing, will feature improved 5GHz WiFi connectivity.
In addition to this, Google has also added Bluetooth LE into the mix.
Why Bluetooth? Simple: Google could well be working on a physical remote for the Chromecast 3, something that would allow you to browse a menu of apps and settings.
This would bring the device more in line with what Amazon’s doing with its Fire TV devices. Ditto Roku.
No More Magnetic Strip For Chromecast
One bizarre tidbit of information from the leak concerns the removal of the magnetic strip on the back of Chromecast.
According to reports, this will no longer be featured on Chromecast 3.
The design will be similar, though the logo will be switched to a “G” to push the whole “Made By Google” brand thing that’s happening right now.
Chromecast 2 Specs (For Comparison)
- Output: HDMI.
- Processor: Marvell Armada 1500 Mini Plus 88DE3006 SoC, 1.2GHz dual ARM Cortex-A7 processors.
- RAM: 512MB.
- Storage: 256MB flash.
- Max. Output Video Resolution: 1080p.
- Dimensions: 51.9 in diameter, 13.49mm (H)
- Weight: 39.1 g.
- Connectivity: 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
As of right now, there is no word on how much the Chromecast 3 will cost.
Most likely, it’ll be less than $50.