CNET First Look
New Chromecast adds colorThe new $35 Chromecast comes in a variety of colors and makes several improvements on the older model.
[MUSIC] This is the new Chromecast, and it looks very different from the previous Chromecast which was very much shaped like a dongle. Now this has an integrated HDMI cable for portability. It comes in three colors, black, red which Google calls coral, and yellow which is called a lemonade. So it's designed so it can hide behind a TV so it doesn't clutter up the space. It has a dual band 2.4 and 5 gigahertz antennas, and works on 802.11 AC, rather than BGN of the previous Chromecast. Now, it has an adaptive itinerate system inside, as well as algorithm so the wi-fi chip is always using the best frequency, depending on the network condition. The Chromecast app is totally redesigned for Android and iOS. It now has a Watch On tab for essential home for all of the entertainment options on apps that you have installed such as YouTube, Hulu, Google Play, Twitch, and even more. Fast Play is a new feature on the Chromecast which means that content can be pre-fetched the moment you load the app so load-times are really quick. Google says it reduces the upload time by about 80%. It can also predict what you wanna watch before you hit play. The [INAUDIBLE] also supports the ability to cast the main game screen to the TV, and you can also use your phone as a controller. The new Chromecast is available today in 17 countries and it costs 35 US dollars. For more on the Chromecast, make sure to check out CNet.com. [MUSIC]