Monday , October 23 2017

Google sends a Happy Birthday shoutout to the original Chromecast

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It’s been three years since Google’s breakfast with Sundar event which saw the original Chromecast unveiled, as well as the 2013 Nexus 7. While the 2nd gen Nexus 7 hasn’t been updated (yet), the Chromecast was such a runaway success it was updated in September this year, but it was that original odd shaped dongle which started it all and it’s cake time.

There were definitely issues with the original Chromecast – it didn’t have Wi-Fi 802.11AC – but it was exactly what the short-lived and ultimately canned Nexus Q should have been. It was cheap, but it did the job letting you view video, webpages, even play games or stream music to a TV, or essentially any device with a HDMI port.

Google took their sweet time launching the $35USD dongle here in Australia, with the Australian launch coming 10 months later in May 2014, luckily we didn’t have to wait that long for gen 2.

Here’s what Google tweeted today (that link will take you to the Google Store to buy a gen 2 Chromecast):

We love the Chromecast, and it’s successor(s) so it’s a big happy birthday from all of us here.

How are you using your Chromecast? Have you updated to a gen 2? What’s your favourite app to use with Chromecast?

 
Source: @googlestore.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

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6 Comments on "Google sends a Happy Birthday shoutout to the original Chromecast"

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Darren

Great little devices. Thanks Ausdroid for pointing out that one day on Amazon when they accidentally were shipping to Australia 🙂

Alex Milev
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Alex Milev

Yep, took advantage on that day too!

Simon Green
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Simon Green

I’ve got two Chromecasts at home (one for each tv) and couldn’t live
without them. Makes it so easy to stream content (especially Netflix and
iView). Just wish that ABC would fix the buffering issue that has
affected their app for nearly two years >:(

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agree iview is useless with the chromecast and its all on the ABC side imo

ozvic
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ozvic

iView, OMG …

Ad->Warning->TV show?…no…cut out or stuff up.
Ad->Warning->TV show?…no…cut out or stuff up.
Ad->Warning->TV show?…no…cut out or stuff up.
Ad->Warning->TV show?…no…cut out or stuff up.

Ad->Warning->TV show…yay..worked this time.

Simon Green
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Simon Green

If got two Chromecasts at home (one for each tv) and couldn’t live without them. Makes it so easy to stream content (especially Netflix and iView). Just wish that ABC would fix the buffering issue that has affected their app for nearly two years >:(

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