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Google has sold more than 30 million Chromecasts since launching three years ago

By Shawn Knight
Aug 1, 2016
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  1. Google hadn’t had much success in the living room prior to 2013 (remember Google TV, anyone?). In July of that year, however, the company launched a $35 dongle called Chromecast that would not only reverse its fortunes but change the trajectory of the industry and spawn a sea of copycat devices.

    The search giant is typically reserved when it comes to sharing sales figures but that wasn’t the case during its most recent earnings call.

    As Re/code recounts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said his company has shipped more than 30 million Chromecast dongles to date. That’s up from the 25 million units it had shipped as of this past May, an impressive jump for a device that’s three years old at this point.

    Google launched an updated version of its Chromecast dongle last September alongside a new product in the line called Chromecast Audio. The refreshed Chromecast adds support for 802.11ac and 5GHz Wi-Fi, two additional antennas and features a new design that’s more flexible. Like the original, the newer Chromecast (and the Chromecast Audio) are priced at $35.

    The fact that Google continues to see strong sales is impressive, especially when you consider that Amazon stopped selling it last fall. It wasn’t just Google that Amazon targeted as the company halted sales of all media streaming devices that don’t support Amazon Prime Video.

    As a further vote of confidence to Chromecast, Google discontinued its Android TV-powered Nexus Player a few months back.

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  2. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Addict Posts: 291   +55

    How many are still in use mine is in a drawer, the firestick is far more useful.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,033

    I can see it being popular and useful to a lot... but not to me.
     
  4. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 831   +18

    I love my 1st gen chrome cast. I have an early gen "smart tv" that isn't very smart. My Chromecast made my not-so-smart TV smart again :D
     
  5. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 525   +36

    I love my Chromecast. Before the Chromecast I wanted to have a computer of some sort connected to my TV to make watching shows and videos of all kinds simple. The Chromecast alleviates that but it's not perfect. It or the software that uses it, has it's glitches. Not sure which one is to blame.
     
  6. kissx

    kissx TS Enthusiast Posts: 54

    I use it in my garage to listen to music to my tv and stereo. works great with my 50 dollar rca android laptop.
     

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