Google Chromecast First Generation will not receive further updates as the tech giant has ended its support. Google has given support for 10 years since the device was announced back in 2013. After that, there have been many announcements and releases of Chromecast devices from the company. It was a device that made casting screens easier and more convenient for TVs.
The brand has released the latest update for its Chromecast devices recently. It’s currently rolling out to all users across the globe. Users can download this update and install it on their Chromecast and Google TV 4K devices. The update features two new additions for the devices and we’ll discuss them in the later part of the article.
Google Chromecast First-Generation Support Ends After 10 Years
The last update received by the First-Generation Chromecast was in November 2022 with firmware version 1.36.159268. It featured a few bug fixes and improvements in the last provided update. However, if you still continue using the device, the tech giant has warned users that, they may encounter issues in the future.
The silent discontinuation of Chromecast First-Generation was reported by 9to5Google as they found information about it on the device’s help support page. The page has officially posted a statement about the end of support for Chromecast (1st Gen). It explained that these devices will no longer receive any security or software OTA updates.
Furthermore, Google will not provide any technical support for the devices and warned users regarding the degradation of experience in performance in the coming days. The first gen Chromecast was a compact USB drive-sized device with an HDMI port. Many users have chosen the device because of its affordable pricing at $35 and easy casting.
On the other hand, current generation Chromecast devices have recently received new updates along with Google TV 4K devices. This new update comes with a firmware version of STTE.230319.008.R1 with two important changes. The update features an Android security patch for April 2023. The other aspect of this new update is fixing bugs and performance improvements.
There are not many changes made in the new update except for two aspects that we have mentioned above. It’s an update with a file size of 140MB and Google even will start rolling out this update to the regular HD model Chromecast for Google TV. Albeit, the update still features the April security patch as it’s a month old now which is a bummer.