Google has now officially ended support for the original Chromecast model, marking the beginning of the end for the streaming player. Even though this isn’t the end of the Chromecast line in general, the fact that it was the first makes it a notable moment. Not to mention, a reminder for those still using the aging streaming player that it might be time for an upgrade.
The original Chromecast was first introduced back in 2013. The lineup evolved over time to include three generations of the original model. The company then introduced a Chromecast Ultra version in 2016 for those looking for 4K and HDR support.
The very first of those models, the original Chromecast from 2013, has now officially reached the end. Spotted by 9to5 Google, the company updated its support pages at the end of April to confirm that “support for Chromecast (1st gen) has ended.”
As these devices are no longer scheduled to receive software or security updates, Google explains that users may begin to notice “a degradation in performance.” In other words, it may now be time to upgrade.
If now considering a newer version, it is worth noting that the latest Chromecast models are very different from the original versions.
Back in 2020, Google launched Chromecast with Google TV, marking the next chapter in the evolution of the Chromecast lineup. Unlike the original models, the Chromecast with Google TV not only comes with its own remote, but it also runs on Google TV.
Even though the inclusion of the Google TV operating system removes the need to use your phone to stream content from apps, you can still stream from your phone if you want to.
Since the launch of the first Chromecast with Google TV, the company has released a newer and cheaper version, the Chromecast with Google TV HD.
Basically, those in need of 4K support will want to consider the older Chromecast with Google TV (priced at $49.99), while those happy to skip 4K to save on the cost will probably first want to consider the Chromecast with Google TV HD (priced at $29.99).
If upgrading from the original Chromecast, either of the new ‘with Google TV’ models will be a serious upgrade in general.