Google has announced that its $35 streaming stick Chromecast (1st gen) will no longer be receiving software or security updates, as the company is ending support for the device. The notice further warns owners of potential degradation of performance of their Chromecast devices.
Chromecast is a small device that can be plugged into a TV’s HDMI port and enables a user to stream content from their phone, tablet, or laptop on their TV. The latest model of the device, the 2020 Chromecast with Google TV, came with its own remote too.
The announcement from Google about terminating support for Chromecast 1st gen was rather implicit, since it has been found to have been silently made back at the end of April on a Chromecast support page.
While Chromecasts will not entirely stop working all of a sudden, their functionality and performance will reduce over time with the absence of technical support from Google.