12 March 2019
Google Chromecast Audio, a tiny device that was launched to make your dull and dumb speakers smart is no longer in the making as it has been discontinued by the company. Confirming the discontinuation to CNET, a Google spokesperson said,
Our product portfolio continues to evolve and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio and we have therefore stopped manufacturing our 'Chromecast Audio' products... We will continue to offer assistance for 'Chromecast Audio' devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts and more."
So, it’s at least, clear that Google will continue to support the Chromecast Audio devices if any problem appears, however, the timeline till when the support may last hasn’t been disclosed. But, expect it to continue this year, at least.
This tiny dongle was launched back in 2015 to enable users to convert their regular speakers into wireless smart speakers by simply plugging in the Chromecast Audio with the help of a 3.5mm headphone jack. It allowed the users to stream the same content across different rooms, a feature which is usually seen on the premium speakers. It lets you stream loads of popular apps, including Spotify and it also brought the support for H-Res audio support for enhanced music playback.
It was a useful product for many who would wish to convert their old regular speakers into wireless. Some speakers like the Amazon Echo Dot does the same job and cost nearly double the amount but Google managed to bring out the same work from your own speaker as well. But, it lacked the Google Assistant, which is currently, the company’s core focus.
The tiny device in its updates or even upgrades would have gained the virtual assistant support and more than that so it could allow the users to rely more on the same. This might be the reason of its discontinuation since Google has its own smart speaker now and third-parties are also bringing the same possibilities, so allowing users to proceed with their own speakers could have axed the company’s own smart lineup.