Google has been overwhelming users by putting astounding implementations into all its developments. With the new release, Chromecast, Google has just compelled users to think if it is possible to run a web browser on TV. Yes, with disappointing results after Google TV, Google has made a comeback with determination to offer all goodies with the Chromecast. Let us understand what Google Chromecast is and what it takes from you to get it.
The Chromecast is a dongle, costing you $35 and is to be plugged in HDMI port of your TV. If you have heard about AirPlay system by Apple, Chromecast stands as a competitor to it. With this, when services like YouTube are used on phone or other mobile devices, you just need to hit Cast button to send and see the video on TV. It means that you can now enjoy any service or site on your TV.
The most attractive aspect of Chromecast is that it is a dongle. The device is approx. 3 inches long and reduces a bit after plugging into HDMI port of your TV. Moreover, with the Chromecast box, you get a short length HDMI extension cable that assures a bit extra clarity, if for some reason Chromecast does not fit in the backside of your TV. Coming to the design, you will see an LED, a USB port, and a button. With the USB port, the dongle receives power; however, it is recommended by Google to use the power adapter that is included with the pack. The reason behind it may be that you can keep the Chromecast switched on even when TV is off; it allows you to turn on your TV. Most new TVs come with 1.4 ports that are able to power the dongle directly. However, if you want to take dongle without external power, it is actually not going to work since most TVs necessitate it.
How it Works
Anyways, let us see how the Chromecast works. Once the device is plugged and powered, you need to get it connected to Wi-Fi. Doing it is all easy, as you can download setup app for Android, Windows OS, or Mac; it asks you to choose the network you use and enter the password. Following, you need to specify a name for Chromecast for which, you need to install Cast Chrome extension. That is it. You need all this to use and enjoy the Chromecast.
Chromecast is actually considered a small Android system that you can connect with Internet, and then play videos. When you click Cast button in an app, the Chromecast gets connected to the Internet and brings the video to you. As discussed above, AirPlay works almost the same way, as it can stream files from PC, iPads, iTunes, etc. Know that the Chromecast is greatly supported by Netflix, YouTube, and other Google apps. A good thing is that the Chromecast offers great flexibility and smoothness. When you open a Netflix app, it lets you have control over the video. In addition, it allows users of Windows, iOS, and Mac to see the videos with full flexibility. Going back and forth among different platforms is also quite easy.
Well, it sounds just great that the firm provides a fabulous innovation to users, however, response in mass is yet to come to decide whether Chromecast has left positive impacts or created a magic. Undoubtedly, Google has been coming up with tremendous developments, bringing smiles.
Chromecast comes pretty cheap and affordable at only about $35 and in actual fact, it gives more value than its cost. Although it may be buggy at the moment (which is expected since it’s a new product), it can only get better. More streaming services are being supported.