We've been looking for a good video review and demonstration of the 2nd generation Google Chromecast as well as Chromecast Audio and Android Authority has done just that. Here we see the design changes of the 2015 edition of the Chromecast and the benefits of it. We also are introduced to Google's new wireless audio solution...the Chromecast Audio. The Chromecast Audio lets you turn your ordinary speakers into wireless speakers that similarly to the standard Chromecast can be controlled by your Android mobile device. It's really a boon to people that already have a great stereo setup and speakers they are happy with and don't want to have to go out and purchase a dedicated pair of bluetooth or wireless enabled speakers. For $35 you simply buy the Chromecast Audio and it's done.
The Chromecast app from last year has been updated to include support for the Chromecast Audio as well as some new features. You now have more options to customize the screen background, include news, headlines and pictures from Google and more. The internals of the Chromecast have also been updated with new hardware that now supports 5Ghz wireless rather than the older 2.4Ghz. Also the processor has been upgraded and as the reviewer mentions in the video 1080p video from a service such as HBOGO streams instantly crystal clear when it used to require some buffer time with the older Chromecast. There's more info about the Chromecast Audio and Chromecast if you watch the video above so I highly recommend you do. Now both the 2nd generation Chromecast and Chromecast Audio run $35 apiece which is a steal considering their functionality. If you don't mind having slightly slower streaming but overall the same functionality of the newer Chromecast you can save a few bucks and still pick up the original Chromecast for a bit less. I've included links below for all three so pick your poison and start Chromecasting today!