Google Chromecast 2 is already available for purchase needs only Wi-Fi and an HDMI input to work. Chromecast 2 is a Google device that turns ordinary TV into a smart TV. The device mirrors content from popular applications like Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Facebook, and Chrome.
Now, we are about to find out all about the 2nd generation of Chromecast and understand how the device works, which users are indicated, how it should be configured, and who its main competitors are.
How does Google Chromecast 2 work?
Chromecast 2 works from your device’s connection to Wi-Fi while it’s plugged into an HDMI input on your TV. The dongle also has a USB port for connecting to the TV or a compatible port.
Upgraded from 1st to 2nd generation, Chromecast 2 works with 802.11ac Wi-Fi networks with two frequencies (2.4 and 5 GHz), which should be faster and more stable than the previous model. Three antennas embedded in the dongle also help reduce the crashes in the transmissions, especially in videos on YouTube and Netflix.
Images can be viewed at full HD resolution (1080p), a setting below 4K Ultra HD. To store content on the device and watch without needing a Wi-Fi network nearby there is 256 MB available internal memory.
Who is Chromecast 2 for?
The dongle is compatible with Android, iPhone (iOS), Windows and MacOS. So users of any of these operating systems can set up Chromecast 2 on their device and mirror the images on the big screen.
Because of the functionalities of the device, it is suitable for those who want to save money and, at the same time, have a smart TV. That’s because Chromecast 2 is much cheaper than a new smart TV and can be easily installed on a TV the user already owns at home.
How to install, configure and use?
Installing Chromecast 2 is simple. When connecting the device to the TV’s HDMI input and the power cord to the USB port or the power outlet, open the Google Home app and configure the device. Both the device and the dongle must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
After setup, simply open a Chromecast 2 compatible app and click the broadcast icon indicated by a rectangle with the Wi-Fi symbol on the left side. If the connection is working, the content displayed on the mobile phone will automatically be mirrored on the TV.
When watching a movie, listening to music, displaying slides, and browsing social networks, you can click the buttons and adjust functions normally by your smartphone without interruption to Chromecast.
The second-generation model works with most applications, social networks, and games available for compatible systems. On the Google website, you can find the complete list of software that can be enabled for mirroring.
The main rivals of Chromecast 2 are Apple TV, Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter and Roku. The first is for sale in the US in the 4th generation whereas the 4K versions were launched in 2017 and with more differentials compared to the Google device due to image resolution. Apple equipment costs about $320 and has support for HDR10 to convey more vivid colors on the big screen.
Already the device of Microsoft can be found in the US market for $50 and is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, plus some versions of Android. The operation is similar to Chromecast, although it is compatible with fewer operating systems.
In the case of Roku, the most popular in the United States costs around $130 including the value of the product, freight, and possible taxes. The model has as a differential a memory card slot to take movies and series to wherever you want without relying on a Wi-Fi network.