O Google quietly announced the end of support for the 1st generation Chromecast. This means that users who own the company’s portable streaming device will no longer receive software or security updates.
According to the 9to5Google website, the latest firmware version for the 2013 Chromecast is 1.36.159268, released in November 2022 with “bug fixes and improvements”. This was the first update for the device in over three years.
On the official support page for Chromecast firmware versions and release notes (last updated April 27, 2023), Google says:
Support for Chromecast (1st Gen) ended, which means these devices no longer receive software or security updates, and Google no longer provides technical support for them. Users may notice performance degradation.
It is worth mentioning that qNearly 10 years of support isn’t too bad in the consumer electronics grand scheme, even more so for a low-cost accessory. Chromecast emerged in 2013 with the proposal to turn any TV into a smartTV.
The Chromecast had a second generation model two years later. The 3rd generation arrived in 2018. This should be the last streaming device powered by Google’s Cast technology, with all subsequent models moving to Google TV.
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