One of Google’s latest products has been generating quite a buzz in the tech world and promises to be a landmark in the media streaming market: we are talking about chromecast. Much similar to an USB stick, this $35 dongle allows Android and Chrome (web browser) users to stream content to any TV having one HDMI port. While it might be considered “less functional” within its segment, at least in comparison to Apple TV – in fact, Google’s Chromecast cannot play local media.
But, much like its competitors, has some unique and useful features, along with some painful limitations and, let’s face it, it has a really competitive price. Some of those features are related to the third-party services linked with Chromecast – with more on the way, such as Pandora, HBO Go and Hulu, it can now work with Google’s very own movie and music stores, as well as Netflix and YouTube.
Users are demanding the addition of more services, and since Google has released the API for Chromecast, it is to be expected that some of the communities developers can bring the possibility of local media playing a reality. In the actual fashion, Google’s Chromecast is not the ideal media streaming gadget to have, since there is other hardware available connected with lots of services and providing various features. However, if you are looking for a cheap way of streaming content to your HDTV or to have a handy
gadget to take with you when travelling, for example, then Chromecast might just be what you are looking for.
The Chromecast is definately a brilliant device, and one that should be watched, I recently purchased the Roku LT and whilst I thought that was a great deal for its functions, its a little bit of a gutter that Google has released the Chromecast, especially for those of you who purchased an AppleTV, as with most of Apple products, its over priced.
If you haven’t already gathered, the Chromecast is essentially a very clever USB stick, which attaches to your Television (aslong as it has a USB slot) and makes your TV Smart. Therefor you can stream content from any internet enabled device (with services which support the Chromecast, like Netflix) and put it straight onto your TV. The way I look at the Chromecast, is that its a wireless HDMI solution, within a USB stick. A very, very good move from Google in my opinion.