The Google Chromecast was released in June 2013 and since then, there has been no talk of an updated version. So it comes as no surprise that there has finally been word on a new, refreshed version of Google’s own media streaming dongle. But don’t get too excited yet, sources have reported that the new Chromecast will not have any noticeable differences from its predecessor.
Reports have pointed to an FCC filling, as first spotted by Zatz Not Funny, that shows a refreshed version of the Chromecast with very similar features to its predecessor. This revision appears to be purely technical, as Google is probably aiming to either cut costs or improve the performance of the device. As confirmation, Google’s own Jacky Hayward stated on a AMA on Reddit that “…we don’t have any new user-facing features planned for this device.”. He also goes on to reaffirm that the new Chromecast will have the same features as its predecessor and the differences are barely noticeable.
Looks like it would be a while until we get to see a new HDMI dongle from Google, but for now we can stick with the good old Chromecast, which to be fair, has been a pretty reliable device.