Decade-long Chromecast support ended quietly by Google

Google stopped making updates and fixes for the first Chromecast, which came out in 2013. It cost $35 and could be used to watch movies and TV shows.

On several Google support pages, there is now a message saying that help will no longer be provided. “Support for Chromecast (1st generation) has ended,” reads the message brought to our attention by 9to5Google. “These devices no longer receive software or security updates, and Google does not offer technical support for them. Users may notice that the service is getting worse.”

Help appears to have ended in late April, when the last change was made to a support page listing firmware versions for each Chromecast model. It doesn’t seem like the latest first-gen Chromecasts will stop working right away, but their features will likely slowly stop working as the ecosystem around them upgrades and continues.

The first Chromecast was a tiny dongle-sized device that you could plug into an HDMI port on your TV and use to stream video from your phone, tablet, or laptop to the big screen. It was surprisingly popular. At $35, it was a cheap way to get streaming video apps on your TV at a time when many people hadn’t yet switched to smart TVs.

Over the years, Google would release more Chromecasts, including a 4K model in 2016. But the latest Chromecast, the 2020 Chromecast with Google TV, comes with its own controls. The streaming stick had its own interface and didn’t just rely on getting stuff from your phone. This was a big change for the Chromecast line.

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Although Google no longer supports the first-generation Chromecast, the device hasn’t been updated as often. 9to5Google says that its last update came out in November of last year. This was the first update to the device in over three years.

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