Today’s event in San Francisco held by Google has introduced an interesting stick called Chromecast. While the focus was turned towards the expecting new Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, Google has announced a new Jelly Bean upgrade, Google Nexus 7 and this stick that transfers video streaming right on your TVs. It’s already available for $35 in the Google Play Store in the U.S. According to the company, this stick will be available in more countries by the end of the year.
Google introduced this stick device that connects to the HDMI input on your TV and accepts video wirelessly pushed from Chrome browser, tablets and smartphones. Google offers three months of free Netflix subscription for those who will purchase Chromecast and this promotion can be used by the exciting subscribers of this network, as well.
This compact 2-inch stick supports Netflix, Google Play Movies and TV, YouTube ad Google Play Music right from its launch. Google promised that future support for services like Pandora will be coming pretty soon. It supports iOS and Android devices, as well as Chrome browsers on Mac and Windows-based computers. Chromecast is different from the all other devices available on the market. It’s half streaming-media box, half remote. The whole idea is – instead of creating whole TV-based user interface, you’ll be able to control content right from your tablet or smartphone. It’s simple for using if you follow the three basic steps: Browse, find and play. This device goes one step further though, automatically switches your TV to the proper input and enables you to adjust the volume by using your tablet or smartphone.
With the ability to sync between all connected devices, you will be able to switch between them just with a single tap. You can start playing video content from your smartphone, continue on your tablet and end on your TV. It has a screen-mirroring ability but this feature is still in developing and it’s launched like demo. Anything that’s on your Chrome browser can be streamed on through your TV. This includes photos, music and videos. On the presentation Google has used Vimeo but it can also let you stream content from other streaming network sites and Hulu.
If you look at this device at Google Play Store you will see that it comes with power adapter and USB power cable. It’s very cool, you know, because it comes with some wires hanging from it. It uses the same method as Plair which was used to power similar HDMI based stick. If you look under the hood, you will see that supports 2.4 GHz WI-Fi 802.11 and capable internal processor for playing full HD 1080p video with 5.1 sound.
This Chromecast device supports only 4 apps at start. This will put it far behind some already established players like Apple TV and Roku. However, it’s selling for $35 and this is the biggest difference. It has limitations but it’s easier to live with them for $35 instead spending a fortune to have the almost the same functionality like other streaming devices.
Would you purchase this Chromecast stick in order to stream content on your TV using your mobile devices?