Google has officially ended support for the first-generation Chromecast, which was released in 2013. Users will no longer receive software updates, security patches, or technical assistance for these devices. Google warns that performance may degrade for users still using the original Chromecast. The last firmware update was released in November 2022, and subsequent versions of Chromecast were introduced in 2015 and 2018. In 2020, Google launched the Chromecast with Google TV as a competitor to Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
Google has announced that it will discontinue support for the original Chromecast, which was first released in 2013. This means that these devices will no longer receive software updates, security patches, or technical assistance from Google.
In a notice posted on the Chromecast support page on April 27, Google officially declared the end of support for the first-generation Chromecast. The news was previously reported by 9to5Google. As a result, users of the first-gen Chromecast may experience a decline in performance.
The last firmware update for this version of Chromecast was released in November 2022, marking a gap of more than three years since the previous update. The initial Chromecast, shaped like a key, was originally priced at $35 and allowed users to connect their smartphones and access popular streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, HBO Go, Google Music, Vevo, and Google Movies & TV.
Subsequent iterations of the Chromecast were introduced in 2015 and 2018. In 2020, Google unveiled the Chromecast with Google TV, priced at $50, which featured a remote control and a revamped interface. This updated version was designed to compete with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV.