Chromecast Usage Growing Rapidly, New Version On The Way

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Google's Mario Queiroz spoke at a Gigaom event, and talked about the company's hit streaming device Chromecast. He provided some new numbers (some of which are encouraging for users), and confirmed a new version of the device is on the way.

While we don't know much about what the new version will bring to the table, we did know another one was in the works. Reports recently surfaced about a device appearing in an FCC document .

Gigaom recaps part of Queiroz's talk:

Three months ago, Google claimed that Chromecast users have tapped the cast button about 400 million times, signaling how fast the streaming device has grown in the marketplace. That number is now at 650 million, Google VP of product management Mario Queiroz said at Gigaom’s Structure Connect conference Tuesday.

And it’s not just Chromecast’s popularity with consumers that’s growing. Queiroz also said more than 6,000 developers are building more than 10,000 apps for the Google Cast ecosystem, signaling a rising developer community.

Chromecast is gaining new app support all the time, and that means the $35 device automatically gets more useful and attractive as time goes on. More support means more entertainment options for users.

The device also recently got a pivotal update with Android screen mirroring, enabling users of certain Android devices to cast whatever is on their screen to their television, which lets you get around a lack of direct support from other apps. The device list for this is growing as well.

Chromecast also recently got an update to include a more personalized experience, enabling users to display photos from their own collection on the screen when the device isn't actually in use.

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