Google: the Chromecast 2 cometh

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

There will be a second version of Google’s streaming dongle Chromecast, according to Google VP of product management Mario Queiroz.

Speaking at Gigaom’s Structure Connect conference this week, Queiroz revealed that the Chromecast’s “cast” button had now been pressed an impressive 650 million times, that Google were “very, very happy” with its progress, and that the TV streaming dongle had a definite development future alongside Android TV.

“There will be a second version of Chromecast,” he confirmed. “We’re building an ecosystem of different end points and applications which can send content to those end points, and Chromecast is an endpoint. Android TV devices will be another end point. And the beauty of that is that any of the applications which today work with your Chromecast, when you get a product which has Android TV in it, you’ll be able to use the same interaction model to send content to that device.”

While Queiroz was tight lipped regarding the precise features of the second Chromecast, he repeatedly stressed Google’s desire to “bring the richness of the first screen/second screen experience to life,” and said Google was working extensively with developers to that end.  “What you will see is more hardware capabilities in the future,” he revealed.



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