Chromecast is an invaluable little dongle that’s competent at a great many things, but Hi-Fi audio isn’t one of them – it lacks the proper outputs to connect directly with many speakers and stereos. That, Google says, is where Cast for audio comes in. Announced this morning, it’s like Chromecast for sound sources, letting you beam music and audio from apps on your smartphone or tablet to connected speakers, sound bars, and A/V receivers.
Google Cast Ready speakers – initially from Sony, LG, and Denon – will stream audio just as Chromecast streams video: from the cloud. Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Pandora, Rdio, TuneIn, and more already support it, with more to come.
We’re waiting to hear more about hardware availability, but rest assured the feature will be well supported at launch.