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Say hello to the new Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio

Google gets ready to face Amazon and Apple in a streaming-stick war.

It’s been more than two years since Google first introduced the Chromecast, and the tiny media-streaming stick has remained virtually unchanged ever since—until now.

Google on Tuesday unveiled two redesigned Chromecast gadgets that boast new features in a bid to help the product line remain competitive in the increasingly crowded streaming-gadget market.

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The first of the devices is an outright replacement for the current Chromecast. The new version looks quite different, featuring a flexible HDMI connection rather than a rigid design. The circular body of the new dongle conceals upgraded innards, including improved Wi-Fi hardware that Google says will give the new Chromecast much better connectivity to fully take advantage of speedy broadband connections.

Along with the new device, Google is also rolling out a new Chromecast app. The redesigned app features built-in controls for media playback, as well as new tools to browse and discover new content without disrupting the playback already happening on the TV.

Google also announced an all-new accessory called the Chromecast Audio. Unlike the standard Chromecast, the Chromecast Audio features a single audio jack to connect it to an audio system. 

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The Chromecast Audio comes with its own app, letting you command your device to cast music from a variety of apps, including Spotify, directly to your speakers.

Both the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are launching immediately, and both carry the original Chromecast’s $35 price tag.

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Mike Wehner

Mike Wehner

Mike Wehner is a former tech editor for the Daily Dot who now writes for BGR. His work has appeared everywhere from Yahoo to CNN, and there’s a good chance his Apple Watch is dead right now.