Google Ends Support to Decade Old Chromecast

    Google has stopped supporting the original Chromecast. This comes around a decade since the $35 streaming stick was launched in 2013. A message about the end of support appeared on a number of Google support . Google brought us the news that “Support has ended for Chromecast (1st Gen)”. These devices do not receive any software or security updates and Google no longer provides technical support. Users may notice a degradation in performance.”

    End of support for Chromecast models appears to have occurred at the end April when a Support page was updated with firmware versions. The first-generation Chromecasts are not expected to stop working instantly, but they will lose their functionality over time.

    This was a cost-effective solution at the time

    Chromecast is a small, but surprisingly popular device that plugs into the HDMI port of your TV to stream videos from your laptop, tablet or phone to your big screen. It was priced at $35 and offered a cheap way to get video streaming apps on your TV, when many people had not yet made the switch to smart TVs.

    Google released several Chromecasts in the following years, including a model with 4K resolution in 2016. The 2020 Google TV Chromecast is the latest model. It comes with its own remote. The Chromecast streaming stick has its own interface, rather than relying solely on content from your smartphone. This is a major shift in the Chromecast lineup.

    Google hasn’t been updating Chromecast regularly, even though support for the original device is officially ended. According to 9to5Google, the most recent update for the device was released in November last year. This was the first update the device received in more than three years.

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