Google Chromecast: Bringing the Internet to Your TV

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

Google attempts to steal the thunder from Apple TV once again with the Google Chromecast, a dongle-like device that brings content being played on a mobile device or computer into your television set.

The $35 Chromecast is plugged into the television’s HDMI port and streams content not directly from a local device, but from the cloud when you activate mirroring on a compatible service such as YouTube or Netflix. Your mobile device, meanwhile, also acts as a WiFi-connected remote control as you bring your favorite TV shows, movies, or viral videos to the bigger display.

The Google Chromecast measures two inches in length and runs a watered-down version of Chrome OS. It turns itself on when you plug the device into the TV’s HDMI port or on a USB power cable. You can connect the Chromecast to your local WiFi network and it seeks similarly connected mobile devices it can work with.
Apps that work with Chromecast, such as YouTube, display a “Cast” button once the mobile device senses the dongle. Tap “Cast” to push content into the TV via the cloud and even control various aspects such as volume, play, and pause among others.

Google Chromecast

The Chromecast is currently available in the US only, with no word from Google whether the device will be offered in other markets. Apart from the device itself, it comes shipped with an HDMI extension, a USB power cable, and a separate power adapter.

Early buyers also get free three-month subscription on Netflix. It is now available on Google Play and Amazon, while Best Buy will sell Google Chromecast on its shelves beginning July 28.

This is not the first time Google tries to bring online media content into the living room. The company launched Google TV in 2010, a software that runs on television sets and TV-connected accessories. Despite support from the likes of Sony and Logitech, sales of Google TV did not take off.

Source: Google Chrome blog

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