Google had Chromecast before it turned its attention to Android TV and Google TV. Customers could stream content to their TVs without the need for native apps. The third-generation Chromecast is now being discontinued as the device has reached its endpoint. Today marks the formal end of the third generation Chromecast, with the release of the Chromecast with Google TV (HD edition).
Despite being out of stock globally on Google’s own store, Chromecast is still available via individual retailers. Despite the fact that sales have stopped, software support will continue. Although there is no set timeframe for how long the old Chromecast will continue to get upgrades, it is realistic to anticipate that it will do so for some time. Nearly ten years later, the original Chromecast from 2013 is still receiving bug fix updates and this 3rd Gen model only came a couple of years back.
The replacement for Chromecast in the lineup will be the new Google TV (HD version), which will cost around the same. With the ability to install applications, run services, manage IoT devices, and much more, it delivers the whole Android TV experience into your living room, which was not possible with the Chromecast.
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In a statement to 9to5Google, a Google spokesperson explained, “Chromecast with Google TV is our next generation of Chromecast, and has your favorite Chromecast features plus comes with the Google TV entertainment experience. You will still be able to purchase Chromecast (3rd gen) and Chromecast Ultra at select retailers while supplies last. We’ll continue to support all existing Chromecast devices with ongoing updates.“
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