You can rest assured that any product launch by Google is sure to create a storm in the market. Google Chromecast saw no exception. The launch was a highly anticipated one as everyone were eager to know what Google has come up with this time and they lapped up every bit of news related to this new product. If you have been lagging behind others, there is no reason to lose your heart. Here is a lowdown on the Google Chromecast for you.
What is Google Chromecast?
In simple terms, Google Chromecast is a smart device that enables streaming web content to TV. As a TV viewer, this means you can stream videos from YouTube, Netflix or Google Play. The critics of the Chromecast argue that this is nothing new as previously we had applications like this. However those were highly priced and offered limited compatibility. At $35, Chromecast is affordable and makes viewing more fun.
How Chromecast works
The Chromecast comes as a package consisting of a dongle, plug adapter, HDMI extender and micro-USB cable. The dongle has a capacity of 512 MB of SDRAM and 2 GB storage.
The USB cable needs to be connected to the dongle and the HDMI port of the TV. For power, you either use the TV USB port or an external plug point. Setting the device is easier and this has also contributed to its popularity. Your phone or tablet can be used as the remote control to operate Chromecast.
You need to run the setup webpage in your computer and connect to the home network of 2.4 GHz. You have to install the Google cast extension and make your chrome browser compatible. Once you are through with the process, you can start streaming content to your TV set.
What Chromecast offers the viewers?
Only four services currently support the Chromecast technology. These are
- Google Play Music
- Google Play Movies & TV
However, Google has enabled this device to stream videos from Chrome browser from a Mac or a PC. This is possible through a process called casting.
The tab casting feature is what sets Chromecast ahead of others. It is a beta feature that enables Chromecast to mirror your chrome browser tabs. This makes playing local files, streaming media websites and shared online playlists possible.
With tab casting you can enjoy videos or music from
- HBO Go
- Amazon Instant Video
- ABC & AOL
Many of the streaming services are gearing up to get integrated to Chromecast which means more viewing options for the viewers.
Google Chromecast comes with its hitches also. You may face problems in activating the device in some networks. Moreover, it is not ideal for traveling and has limited applications support.
However, the excitement around Chromecast and interest of streaming companies to join the Chromecast bandwagon promises a vast horizon. Google has also launched cast software development kit which will enable application makers to include support for Chromecast in existing and new models of mobile as well as web applications.
It seems that with Google Chromecast, new age TV viewing has arrived with a big bang.