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Google Discontinues Manufacture of ‘Chromecast Audio’ Device

The tech giant first announced the device in 2015

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Google is discontinuing the production of its “Chromecast Audio” — a Wi-Fi enabled audio streaming dongle — that allowed users to play music on speakers that were not compatible with Wi-Fi connectivity.

“Our product portfolio continues to evolve and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio and we have therefore stopped manufacturing our ‘Chromecast Audio’ products,” a CNET report quoted a Google spokesperson as saying last weekend.

Google’s present range of smart speakers including Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max and Google Home Hub.

Google discontinues manufacture of ‘Chromecast Audio’ device.

“Chromecast Audio” is, however still available for purchase on Google’s website until stock runs out.

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“We will continue to offer assistance for ‘Chromecast Audio’ devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts and more,” the spokesperson added.

The tech giant first announced the device in 2015. (IANS)

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The news comes amid the debate on whether large technology companies like Facebook should be broken up

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, California.

Facing an anti-trust probe from the US government, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has cautioned against those who may want to regulate the tech giants “for the sake of regulating.”

In an interview with CNN Business, Pichai said his company had gone through similar situations in Europe, so the probe wasn’t a surprise for them. “For some of the other companies, maybe the scrutiny is newer,” Pichai said on Friday.

“Scrutiny is right, and we will participate constructively in these discussions,” he said and added: “I worry that if you regulate for the sake of regulating it, it has a lot of unintended consequences.”

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The news comes amid the debate on whether large technology companies like Facebook should be broken up.

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On an anti-trust complaint from the European Commission regarding ranking of shopping search results and ads in 2010, Google was fined $2.7 billion in 2017. (IANS)