Chromecast is the best digital media player developed by Google. It is one of the fewest hardware developed by the tech giants. Google Chromecast allows the users to cast their mobile phones or personal computers to a Television or an audio system by using the Google cast technology. Many applications are made compatible with the Chromecast technology so that the content of those applications can also be cast on the Television. The device is also getting updates on a regular basis to keep it stay up to date. Also, Google is launching the upgraded version of the device at frequent intervals as well. Let us discuss the Types of Chromecast along with their specification, price, and comparison in this post.

Different Types of Google Chromecast

Ever since the launch of Chromecast, there has been an upgraded version launched at certain time intervals. Here are the types of Chromecast available:

  1. Chromecast – 1st generation
  2. Chromecast – 2nd generation
  3. Chromecast Audio
  4. Chromecast Ultra
  5. Chromecast – 3rd generation
  6. Chromecast with Google TV

Related: Updates list of Chromecast compatible apps

Chromecast – 1st Generation

Release Date: July 24, 2013

Launch Price: 35$

The initial Chromecast comes like a bigger pen drive with the HDMI plug built into the body. The device came with storage of up to 2 GB and a RAM of 512 MB. The first-generation Chromecast was able to cast videos at a quality of 1080p. This generation device supported only 802.11 b/n/g WiFi technologies and was able to connect only with the 2.5 GHz frequency band. However, the sales were discontinued after the launch of the 2nd generation Chromecast on September 29, 2015.

Types of Chromecast- 1st gen

2nd Generation Chromecast

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Launch Price: 35$

After the success of the 1st generation Chromecast, the upgraded version was launched on 29th September 2015. The device came with the same RAM of 1st gen (512 MB) but a lesser storage capacity of 256 MB. Chromecast’s second generation was able to display 1080p videos at 30fps and 720p videos at 60fps. This device supported both the 2.5 GHz band and the 5 GHz band. After gaining popularity and hitting the market, the device was discontinued on October 10, 2018.

2nd Generation

Chromecast Audio

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Launch Price: 35$

Chromecast Audio was launched together with the 2nd generation of Chromecast. It is also one of the types of Chromecast that deals with audio. It comes with flash storage of 256 MB and a RAM of 256 MB. In addition, the device comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack allowing it to be connected to the audio and speaker system. It is one of the successful devices of the Chromecast family.

Chromecast Audio

Note: After the launch of the 3rd generation Chromecast, Chromecast Audio was discontinued on 11th Jan 2019.

Chromecast Ultra

Release Date: November 6, 2016

Launch Price: 69$

Chromecast Ultra was an upgrade made to the 2nd generation of Chromecast. It also casts 4K Ultra HD videos and allows us to cast HDR videos as well. Unlike other previous generations, it requires a separate power adapter to connect it to the wall outlet. This version is 1.8 times faster than the previous versions of Chromecast. The power supply also offers an Ethernet port for wired connections.

Chromecast Ultra
Ultra

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3rd Generation Chromecast Device

Release Date: October 10, 2018

Launch Price: US$35

The Chromecast third generation is the latest version of all the types of Chromecast, and with this device, you can stream up to 1080p video quality at 60Hz. One of the great advantages of buying this latest version of the Chromecast device is that it is faster than all the other generations of Chromecast devices. So, this latest version is the best choice to cast anything to the big screen.

Third Generation device

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Chromecast with Google TV

Release Date: October 6, 2020

Launch Price: $49.99

Chromecast with Google TV is different from the earlier versions. It was launched to compete with other streaming devices like Firestick and Roku. Google TV has an intuitive UI and the Google Play Store support to install various apps and games. You can install all kinds of popular apps that you can imagine. It also comes with a Google Assistant-enabled remote control. Like earlier versions, you can also cast media content from the smartphones or PCs.

Chromecast with Google TV

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Types of Chromecast – Comparison

Chromecast VersionsLaunch DateRAMStorageResolution
1st GenJuly 24, 2013512 MB2 GB1080p
2nd GenSep 29, 2015512 MB256 MB1080p @ 30fps
AudioSep 29, 2015512 MB256 MBN/A
UltraNov 6, 20164K
3rd GenOct 10, 20181080p @ 60fps
Google TVOct 6, 20202 GB8 GB4K

These are the types of Chromecast sold and are available in the market to date. Apart from the devices, Smart TVs come with inbuilt Chromecast support, making it easier for the customers to buy. If you want to stream content by installing the respective app, go for Chromecast with Google TV. On the other hand, purchase Chromecast 3rd gen or Ultra only if you want to cast the content from your smartphone to your TV.

FAQs

Is there any alternative to Chromecast?

Those who don’t want to spend money on a Chromecast dongle can use AllCast, the best alternative for Chromecast devices.

Can you cast to multiple TVs using a Chromecast device?

By using an HDMI cable splitter, you can hook up one Chromecast to two TVs.

Where to buy a Chromecast device?

You can buy Chromecast devices from the online store and from the nearby electronic store.