In a statement, Google said the name change was “to better reflect that Google Cast technology is now supported across a wide range of devices such as Chromecast, TVs, displays and speakers. The Google Cast app makes it easy for you to discover great stuff to watch, find more apps, customize backdrop, and more. The updated Google Cast app will be rolling out this week on Android & iOS.”
Google also launched a special new website for Google Cast.
This week, Vizio has released dedicated 4K Google Cast compatible TVs, Sharp and Sony will follow suit, and talks are under way with a host of other CE manufacturers, bit for audio and video including Sony, LG, B&O Play, Harman Kardon, Onkyo, Philips/TP Visio, Pioneer, Raumfeld, Frontier Silicon and Stream Unlimited.
Vizo’s P-series now comes with Google Cast built-in, which means people can use a smartphone or tablet as remote to cast entertainment directly to the big screen. People can also mirror any website from the Chrome browser on their laptop. The P-Series also supports casting Ultra HD (up to 4K) and Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range content. Included with every P-series is Vizio’s 6” Android tablet remote, a tablet that lives in the living room and can cast all content.