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