Google Discontinues Chromecast Audio to Focus Entirely on Smart Speakers

Google goes all-in on its good speaker technique and abandoning Chromecast Audio.

The streaming adapter was launched in 2015 and introduced streaming music to current stereo techniques.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the shift away from the product in an announcement.

The Chromecast Audio system labored solely with audio apps and a three.5mm auxiliary connection.  But that system now seems like baling wire in comparison with good speaker techniques.

In 2016, Google launched the Google Home good speaker with built-in digital assistant. The Google Home product line now features a smaller Google Home Mini and the bigger Google Home Max.

Google has additionally expanded its good speaker line to incorporate the Google Home Hub, which contains a show.

It’s not stunning that Google is shifting its consideration away from the Chromecast Audio.

Retailers have been discounting the product over the past month down to simply $15.  The system seems to be bought out in most on-line retail shops, so you could have to show to third-party websites like eBay to snag one sooner or later.

Google has been refocusing its efforts round a number of merchandise to carry a extra cohesive expertise for its customers.  It has canceled a number of fashionable apps (like Hangouts and Allo) and reworked its premium fering for websites like YouTube greater than as soon as.

Right now, Google is a minority market shareholder within the booming good speaker enterprise. Amazon controls the lion’s share with 70% good audio system bought.  But Google’s market share 24% has been steadily rising as the corporate works to compete with the flexibility Alexa.