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New Nexus 5X announcement tipped to bring exciting Chromecast update

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:05PM EST
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Google is going to announce its 2015 Nexus smartphones during a special media event set for September 29th, and while the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 have been thoroughly detailed in a slew of interesting leaks, it looks like Google might have some surprises prepared for the keynote.

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According by an internal document seen by 9to5Google, Google will announce a second-generation Chromecast that’ll feature a brand new design and offer users a variety of new features, including built-in Spotify support.

Interestingly, Google is supposedly changing the design of the Chromecast in this second-generation handset. Rather than keeping its memory stick like appearance, the new Chromecast will look more like some sort of balloon, for lack of a better word. The images below suggest the Chromecast will come in various colors, showing the new spherical design of the gadget.

Internally, the device has a lot of changes as well, the tech site says, including support for faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The new Chromecast will also come with a Chromecast Audio feature – users will be able to plug the device into any speaker with the help of an auxiliary cord. The documents say the feature will include multi-room support and Chrome or Android audio mirroring.

Speaking of music, the same tech site says that Chormecast will get Spotify support this fall, with an announcement also coming during the new Nexus announcement event.

New software features include support for content feeds on the Chromecast home screen, although it’s not clear what that entails. Fast Play is a new feature that will likely let the Chromecast establish a connection faster than before.

Pricing details or an actual release date for the new Chromecast device haven’t been mentioned yet.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.


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