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Has the 2022 Chromecast line up leaked?

Google Chromecast with Google TV
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Rumours are stirring of a successor to Google’s underrated audio streamer from 2015. The Chromecast Audio, which has since become a cult device for those looking for a high-resolution wireless audio solution, might be getting revived soon – as evidenced within the Google Home app. 

An investigation by 9to5 Google (opens in new tab) has found a new device titled YND within the code of the Google Home APK, with Google reportedly preparing this new device to be integrated within its smart device ecosystem. Further digging found Google Home code that explicitly labels YND as Chromecast Audio, with links to the original Chromecast Audio being present too. This is pretty solid evidence, but there’s more.

Adding fuel to fire with this rumour is the fact that it doesn’t appear to be running the Google TV operating system, thus striking out the possibility that this could be a new Chromecast streaming device for TVs. Speaking of, references to both the current Chromecast with Google TV and a rumoured upcoming Chromecast HD TV streaming device have also been found within the code, both labelled under Chromecast Video. 

It’s therefore looking like Google could be gearing up for a big refresh of the Chromecast line up with multiple new devices possibly launching soon. Would you like to see the Chromecast Audio make a return?

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Lewis Empson
Lewis Empson

Staff Writer Lewis is the newest addition to the What Hi-Fi? editorial team. Previously Gaming and Digital editor for Cardiff University's 'Quench Magazine', Lewis graduated in 2021 and has since worked on a selection of lifestyle magazines and regional newspapers. In his down time he enjoys gaming and regular cinema trips.

  • nopiano
    Yes, I’d like to see the Chromecast Audio return. Like many, I bought the original at somewhat below its ‘list price’, yet now they sell regularly fir double on eBay.

    I still don’t know why they were discontinued. I guess perhaps they were under pressure from somewhere, maybe music industry or trying to infiltrate internal licences.

    Note, if they do relaunch then gapless playback is essential.
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