Google India has officially launched the Chromecast Audio and Chromecast 2 streaming devices in India today at an event in Delhi. Lets check out the features and pricing of Chromecast Audio here, which was announced in San Francisco last September. This device is completely optimized for audio and enhances Google’s device portfolio to strengthen their streaming and home entertainment products.
The Google Chromecast Audio has almost the same internals as the Chromecast 2. It supports WiFi 802.11 ac standard as well as the 5.0 GHz WiFi and it will allow the users to experience an overall faster streaming getting past the network congestion. However, here we have three different inputs that include 3.5 mm audio jack, RCA and optical inputs instead of the HDMI port.
In Chromecast Audio, the updated app plays a crucial role that makes it easier to find out which of the user’s apps are compatible with the streaming device. The app will also help in discovering trending content from those applications as well. It is supported on Android 4.1, iOS 7, Mac OS X 10.7, Windows 7 and higher. Chromecast Audio has built-in support for most music apps on Android, however, does not support Spotify yet. But Spotify has announced that it will have Chromecast support as well.
The Google Chromecast Audio has been priced at Rs 3,399 in India and will go on sale via online retailers such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm as well as offline retailers like Croma and Reliance. It also comes with free Saavn subscription for 6 months. Google India has also launched Chromecast 2 today for Rs 3,399.
On this launch occasion, Mickey Kim, Head of APAC Chromecast Partnerships, said:
“The new Chromecast brings your favorite entertainment from your mobile devices to the big screen with ease. With improved connectivity, a new design and an updated app, friends and family can share the fun of streaming movies, music, games and shows. Chromecast Audio, our newest addition, lets you enjoy your favorite music, podcasts and radio from anywhere. The future of entertainment is streaming and Chromecast brings it all to you in a simple, affordable device.”