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New Chromecast could arrive this month with faster WiFi and Spotify

A Chromecast dongle, nestled safely into the back of an HDMI-equipped computer monitor.
Casey Johnston

On the heels of the anticipated new Nexus devices, Google could also reveal a new Chromecast. According to a report form 9to5Google, the company is gearing up to release an all-new version of the streaming device, complete with a better WiFi connectivity, new home screen features, and Spotify support.

The new Chromecast will reportedly support 802.11ac , which would be an upgrade from the original's supported 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Google has tried in the past to solve the problem of slow streaming over WiFi by creating a hardwired ethernet adaptor for the Chromecast earlier this year. It sold out quickly after its release.

In conjunction with this, the device will have a feature called "Fast Play" that takes advantage of faster WiFi to establish a connection more quickly and more seamlessly stream content. The new Chromecast may also support different types of content in the form of feeds on your home screen or the device's backdrop. While you can already customize the backdrop with your own photos and weather updates, you may be able to add social media feeds such as Twitter or Facebook to the home screen.

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