Google rebrands its Chromecast app to Google Forged to mirror enlargement to extra units, together with audio system
Google introduced this morning that it’s renaming its Chromecast software to “Google Forged,” in an effort to raised mirror how the know-how works throughout an array of units, together with not solely the Chromecast dongles, but in addition TVs, shows and audio system. The corporate says the up to date app, out there for each iOS and Android, will roll out this week for all customers.
Chromecast, as you realize, started as a low-value competitor to extra superior streaming media gamers, just like the Roku, Hearth TV, Apple TV, and even Google’s personal Android TV, for instance. Launched again in 2013, the system made it easy to only “fling” content material to your TV – even when it wasn’t a sensible TV. Its ease of use and low cost value allowed Google to promote some 20 million+ of its unique Chromecast dongles, making it the preferred streaming gadget in 2015.
Nevertheless, in newer months, Google has been increasing the unique product line and the know-how platform. Final September, it launched a second model of the Chromecast – Chromecast 2 – which additionally unveiled a hardware redesign, turning the Chromecast from a persist with a brand new, spherical system that’s simpler to plug into TVs. It additionally launched Chromecast Audio on the similar time, which turns any speaker with an AUX enter into an Web-related gadget.
Plus, the corporate has been working with companions to get its casting know-how constructed into merchandise themselves, together with Sony, LG, B&O Play, Harman Kardon, Onkyo, Philips, Pioneer, Raumfeld, Frontier Silicon and StreamUnlimited, that are providing Chromecast Audio-enabled software program and hardware, for instance. TV makers, like Vizio, Sharp and Sony, help Google Forged know-how (sans dongle) on choose units, as nicely.
Associated to this, Google additionally introduced right now that VIZIO’s new SmartCast P-Collection shows and VIZIO soundbars and audio system may even now help the Google Forged know-how. Meaning customers will be capable of forged from providers like Netflix or Google Play Music from their smartphone or pill, in addition to mirror web sites on the large display utilizing a Chrome browser on a laptop computer. Plus, Google notes that the P-Collection will help casting in Extremely HD (as much as 4K) and Dolby Imaginative and prescient Excessive Dynamic Vary content material for vibrant and clear colours.
The rebranding is rolling out now, however not everybody will see the up to date app as of this time.
Along with the brand new app, Google has launched an up to date Google Forged web site, too, which now features a record of these audio system and TVs that help casting with out additional equipment.
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