Chromecast: Google’s new toy

Watch video created for TV on your phone streamed back to your TV!

WRITTEN BY: Michael DeLaney
Image Source: Javier Domínguez Ferreiro via Flickr

In a world where we can’t decide exactly how large or small we want our phones to be, Google has debuted its latest gadget, the chromecast. The Chromecast is a small thumb drive USB that plugs into the back of your TV (unless you’re my Dad, who still has a TV from the 1960s with wood casing on the outside.)

Chromecast allows you to stream video and content from your phone, tablet or computer to your television screen (make it HUGE!) The chromecast device connects to your TV’s HDMI port and uses your Wi-Fi network to stream your videos, music, pictures etc. If you don’t have a strong Wi-Fi connection to begin with however, you might want to hold off on chromecast, as reported by Wired.

A big draw of the chromecast for many of the tech-savvy youngsters out there is its cost. At only $35, the chromecast comes with three free months of Netflix for new and current Netflix users. Compare this price to competitors like the $50 Roku and the $99 Apple TV.

Chromecast also allows you to further multitask your digital media (as if we needed that); for example you could be reading this article on your tablet while streaming a video from said tablet to your TV simultaneously.

Not all of your phone’s apps will be available on chromecast just yet, but video and audio-based apps like YouTube, Pandora and Netflix will.

Chromecast is the latest in Google’s recent string of TV/internet-connected devices. The past several years saw the introduction of several versions of Google TV, as well as the Nexus Q, one of CNN’s Top 10 “fails” of 2012.

Google chromecast is currently available for order from Google Play, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com, available for delivery on August 7.

 If you’re itching to do the exact same thing on your TV that you do on your phone, order one now!

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