Alongside the refreshed Nexus 7, Google recently showed off the Chromecast, a streaming attachment that plugs into the HDMI port on a television. By utilizing the device, users can stream and queue material from Android and iOS devices, Chrome OS devices, and OS X and Windows PCs with Google’s Chrome browser installed.
The device itself interfaces with interoperable services directly, allowing users to continue using their devices even as content streams. It works with music content, videos from YouTube, as well as with apps like Netflix, both on iOS and Android. During the presentation of the new device, Google executives showed it picking up streaming content from both an Android and iPhone, continuing a user’s YouTube experience with just the press of a button. Users will find that YouTube, Google Play Music, and Netflix apps on iOS and Android will integrate a “Cast” button, which will tell the device to push video or audio content to a ChromeCast device on the same network.
Multiple users with compatible apps installed on their mobile devices and traditional computers can also collaborate to queue content and share to the same television. Flaunting the device, Google executives repeatedly made thinly veiled references to Apple’s “beloved hobby” the Apple TV set-top box. One of them even said the following:
Unlike other solutions, we will not force you to have the same operating system on all your devices.
Chromecast went on sale shortly after its announcement. The device is currently available at Amazon, Best Buy (starting July 28), and Google’s online Play Store. Google seems to have taken an aggressive stance with regard to the device’s pricing. Priced at $35, it is just over one-third of the price of an Apple TV.
Those of you learning more about it can do so by watching the video below:
Will any of you be looking into getting Chromecast?