The Sonos killer
Alongside the launch of two brand new Nexus smartphones, Google's been busy in other departments. Following Google’s success with Chromecast (selling over 20m units since launch last year), we’ve now been introduced to the audio equivalent – aptly named, Chromecast Audio.
It comes in the form of a small dongle, which allows owners to listen to music through old speakers using Wi-Fi by plugging into a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can also use all your favourite audio streaming apps like Spotify, BBC iPlayer, Google Play Music, TuneIn… all the big ones.
According to Google, the record-like grooves on top of the Chromecast Audio are no coincidence.
Raising the dead
This means that if you’ve got a decent hi-fi system sitting around, that’s taken a back seat to your fancy new Bluetooth speaker, it can once again be brought to life. Simply plug the Chromecast audio into the headphone input, and you’ll be able to wirelessly play music from your smartphone.
And, what’s even better, when you receive a phone call while listening to your favourite jam, the music won’t be interrupted. As you’re streaming over the internet, and not Bluetooth, your phone will work independently, while also being less of a drain on the battery.
The next Chromecast
We’ve also seen the launch of a next gen Chromecast, which can handle more data at once, providing you with fewer buffering screens and smoother playback.
But, we’ve saved the best until last. This technology all sounds wonderful, but you’re probably, quite understandably, thinking it comes with a big price tag.
Wrong. Both Casts are £30 apiece, and you can buy the Audio right here, and the new Chromecast here.