Google is doubling your Chromecast pleasure—with two new Chromecast media streamers.
The new Chromecast for TV still works with WiFi to “cast” TV shows, movies, music, games and more from your iOS and Android devices, as well as your Mac and Windows laptop and Chromebook. However, these second-generation media streamers have a brand new design, so the devices no longer look like a thumb drive.
According to Google, the new design makes these media streamers easier to plug into that overcrowded TV panel. It also boasts better connectivity. That’s because it packs in 2.4/5GHz WiFi support and an adaptive antenna system, so you get better video and less buffering. It also has a new feature called Fast Play, which allows the device to connect with apps a lot quicker.
Despite the new features, Chromecast media streamers are still insanely easy to use. Just plug it into an available HDMI port on your TV and pair it with one of the aforementioned portables. It’s also still priced at $35 each, although there are new red and yellow color options, in addition to the standard black.
Since it’s so cheap, you may want to buy two or at least snag the new Chromecast Audio as a separate purchase. This module looks very similar to the Chromecast for TV, except that it’s designed to plug into any existing set of speakers. Once plugged in, you can stream music, radio, streaming music services and podcasts over WiFi directly to your speakers without having to get the TV involved. It even works with Spotify, Pandora and Google Play Music.
Chromecast Audio is selling now for a separate $35, but it’s only available in black.
Google also plans to update the Chromecast app in the near future, in order to make it easier to find content across the many apps that work with Chromecast. Look for that to start rolling out on iOS and Android devices over the next few weeks.