Google will no longer support the first generation Chromecast, which debuted back in 2013.
In a notice on the Chromecast support page dated April 27, Google indicated that support for the first-generation Chromecast has ended, “which means that these devices no longer receive software or security updates, and Google does not provide technical support for them.” The end of support for the device was previously reported by 9to5Google.
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Gen-one Chromecast users “may notice performance degradation,” the company added.
The last firmware version for this edition of Chromecast was released in November 2022. Before that, it had been more than three years since the last update.
When it was introduced, the dongle-shaped Chromecast was priced at $35. It connects to users’ smartphones and includes access to Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, HBO Go, Google Music, Vevo and Google Movies & TV.
Later iterations were introduced in 2015 and 2018. In 2020, Google released the $50 Chromecast with Google TV, with a remote and a revamped interface designed to compete with Roku and Amazon Fire TV.