take out the tissues, the first models are no longer entitled to updates

Notice to owners of the first generation Google Chromecast, the Mountain View company has just discreetly abandoned the software monitoring of the Chromecasts launched in 2013. We must expect a drop in performance.

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Bad news for all owners of the first Chromecast of the name. Indeed, Google comes discreetly to drop software tracking from its streaming devices launched in 2013.

The information is marked black on white on the support site of the Mountain View firm: “Chromecasts (1st generation) are no longer supported. As a result, these devices no longer receive software and security updates, and Google no longer provides them with technical support.”

Google drops updates on early Chromecasts

In addition, the manufacturer specifies that it will be necessary expect a gradual degradation in performance. Presumably, software tracking of early Chromecasts ended in February 2023, date each Chromecast model received a software update.

Of course, you will still be able to enjoy your first generation Chromecast, but it is inevitable that bugs and various performance problems will appear over time, lack of fixes and patches deployed by Google.

Note that if the software follow-up of Chromecast (2013) is officially over, Google had already eased off in recent years. For good reason, the device received its penultimate update in November 2022. It had been three years since the device had received a patch.

The Chromecast, one of Google’s great successes

When it was launched in 2013, the Chromecast quickly became a must-have for many users. At a time when smart connected TVs had not yet been democratized, this small device made it possible to stream video content from your tabletyour smartphone or your laptop directly on your TV via an HDMI port.

Sold at only 35 dollars, this accessory has established itself as a profitable and inexpensive alternative, compared to the purchase of a smart TV. Since then, several generations of Chromecast have succeeded. In 2020, Google launched the first Chromecast under Google TV, which in addition to offering 4K at 60 FPS, also has its own remote control.

The latest model launched on the market is none other than the Chromecast Google TV. Available since September 2022, this model incorporates almost all the characteristics of the 4K version, with the difference that it allows watch content in Full HD only.

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