Google has quietly ended support for its first-generation Chromecast dongle, capping off a nearly decade-long run (it missed the mark by a few months).
If you read the firmware release notes chromecast support website, you will see that the last update was on 27th April. The company has been closed for some time, but no one noticed until recently. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see a notice stating that older Chromecasts will “no longer receive software or security updates” and that Google will not provide “technical support” of any kind. With no more patches coming, “people may notice a drop in performance over time,” although some argue that the quality degradation has been going on for some time.
Many comments from users about chromecast subreddit, For example, mention how they haven’t used their devices for years because of their slow speed. It’s worth pointing out that the last major firmware patch for the original Chromecast was due in November 2022, which was the “first update in three years”. 9to5 according to Google, This end-of-service move appears to have been in the works for some time.
For those who have an old Chromecast, we strongly recommend recycling the dongle instead of throwing it away. After all, e-waste is a big problem, and it doesn’t do anyone any good to have old gadgets tucked away in a drawer or the attic. Google has one recycling program for unwanted hardware. The company will send you a free shipping label that you can stick on a box and then send the device back. Upon receipt, the Chromecast will be ‘responsibly recycled’. or you can step up Google Map To find a local recycler.
If you still want a Chromecast, there are several options available. you can use third generation chromecast To give your TV access to various streaming platforms such as Netflix in 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels) since 2018. Prices for the latest model average around $40 / £32 / $60AUD, so it’s well above its initial cost at launch, but it’s still pretty cheap. We also recommend the slightly more expensive ones chromecast with google tv which supports 4K resolution as well dolby vision And HDR10Plus Format to ensure an optimal stream.
Be sure to check out TechRadar List of six new Netflix originals coming in June Which you must watch on your Chromecast. the sixth season of black Mirror Will be released very soon.
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