Google has announced that it will end support for the first-ever Chromecast launched back in 2013. This indicates that the device will no longer receive software updates, feature enhancements, or bug fixes from Google.

Users should be aware that their 1st-gen Chromecast may experience a decrease in performance without future updates. Google has issued a statement warning users to consider this as they carry on using their devices. Google’s technical support for the first-gen Chromecast will no longer be provided.

In November 2022, the 2013 Chromecast saw the release of its final firmware version, 1.36.159268. This update provided several improvements, bugs, and fixes. It’s important to note that this is the first update the Chromecast received in over 3 years, which probably meant almost forgot about it.

The Chromecast’s original design was truly one of a kind. Shaped like a key, it’s powered by using the microUSB port and HDMI to connect to the TV. The top was adorned with the “Chrome” branding and the browser’s recognizable logo. Despite the modest specifications, which included 2GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, the Chromecast proved itself as a capable streaming device for non-smart regular TV.

To build on the success and popularity of the first-gen Chromecast, Google released two more models. However, the release of the third Chromecast in 2018 is expected to be the last of its kind, as Google allocated more time and resources to the Google TV platform.

While the original Chromecast’s journey may have ended, users can still enjoy the latest capabilities and features by upgrading to the latest Chromecast models.

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