The Chromecast was introduced as a super-affordable, smartphone-powered streamer for your TV that didn’t need remote control or built-in apps before Android TV and Google TV was the company’s primary focus. The third-generation Chromecast is being discontinued as a result of the Chromecast’s demise.
Google confirmed to 9to5Google that the Chromecast (third generation) is officially being dismissed with the release of the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) today. The item will be purchased until all the remaining stock is gone.
The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) has the same functionality, including casting entertainment from a smartphone, using it in Speaker Groups, and more, and it costs the same $29.99. However, the Google TV-powered gadget also features an Android operating system that enables app installation, and it uses a remote rather than merely a smartphone for controls.
There is no set timetable for when the Chromecast will get upgrades, although it is safe to assume that it won’t be long. Nearly ten years later, the original Chromecast from 2013 is still receiving bug fix updates. Since the present model has just been available for around four years, we may anticipate at least a few more years of improvements.
A Google representative outlines:
Chromecast with Google TV is our next generation of Chromecast and has your favorite Chromecast features plus, it comes with the Google TV entertainment experience. You will still be able to purchase Chromecast (3rd gen) and Chromecast Ultra at select retailers while supplies last. We’ll continue to support all existing Chromecast devices with ongoing updates.
The Chromecast is already out of stock on the Google Store in the US, although there are still units available at other stores like Amazon. It isn’t long before the item gets entirely out of stock. The reason for Google’s decision is unknown as no official statement has yet been released.