Thursday, July 25, 2013

Google introduces Chromecast: A dongle to stream content to TV

Along with new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3, Google also took the wraps off Chromecast today. Running on
simplified Chrome OS version, Chromecast aims to be your go-to device for streaming video and audio content from computing devices to television.

“To help make it easy to bring your favorite online entertainment to the biggest screen in your house—the TV—we’re introducing Chromecast. Chromecast is a small and affordable ($35) device that you simply plug in to your high-definition (HD) TV and it allows you to use your phone, tablet or laptop to “cast” online content to your TV screen,” Google’s Sundar Pichai writes in a blog post.


You read it right, Chromecast costs just $35 and it is available starting today on Google Play, Amazon and Best Buy. It will also be sold via Best Buy stores beginning July 28. It is currently only on sale in the United States and there is no word on its debut elsewhere.

According to Google, Chromecast works with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music. The company promises to add access to more content like Pandora in the near future.

How does Chromecast works?

The dongle gets plugged into the HDMI port your television with Wi-Fi access and once set-up, you can use your phone, tablet or laptop to browse and stream content to your TV.  You can also play and pause, control the volume, and more.


As it works across devices and platforms, you need not have an Android device to operate it.