Major Updates End For First-Gen Chromecast
The original Chromecast, first released in 2013 and discontinued in 2015, will no longer be receiving major firmware updates from Google.
First reported on 9to5Google, the first-generation devices, currently running on firmware 1.36.157768, will only be receiving bug and security fixes moving forward.
Newer Chromecast devices are currently running firmware 1.40.156414.
“Chromecast recently celebrated its 6th birthday. We’re thrilled that some of our earliest adopters are still enjoying the first-generation device, and we continue to update it with bug a security fixes,” Google said.
The original Chromecast ran on a Marvell Armada 1500 system-on-a-chip using an ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB of DDR3L RAM, 2GB of storage, and was able to handle 1080p content at 30fps, or 720p at 60fps.
Google’s latest version of the device has enhanced hardware features like 1080p streaming at 60fps, wireless AC, support for faster 5Ghz connections, and a brand-new design.
Despite no new features or improvements being delivered to the original models, the device will still continue to function as normal.
Google has yet to confirm whether they will be ending support for the first-gen Chromecast devices entirely.