SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
Google just debuted a new streaming media stick called Chromecast that will allow your television to mirror what’s happening on your smartphone.
In other words, it’s basically providing Apple TV’s Airplay-like functionality for both Android and iOS mobile devices. Google first showed off the functionality of Chromecast with YouTube, which not only pushes videos you’re watching to your TV screen, but also automatically changes to the correct input. (The demo video made it look like a pretty seamless process that will make you wonder how you ever managed to kill 15 minutes watching YouTube videos while sitting on the couch in front of your television.)
Obviously this is a nice perk for video usage, but it also allows you to stream music and push media from individual tabs via Google Chrome web browser on laptops. The company said most Macs and Windows 8-ready laptops should be compatible with the Chromecast functionality.
Oh, and instead of charging $50 – $100 like the cheapest Roku model or Apple’s Apple TV, Chromecast is only $35. That’s insanely cheap for what it does. The device should be available by July 28 through a variety of online stores, including Amazon, Google Play, and others. Google is also offering a free month of Netflix service to anyone who buys a Chromecast, too.
This definitely answers some questions about why Google has been relatively silent about new developments on its Google TV platform. It also pretty much guarantees Google has no intention of ever selling the $300 TRON bowling ball that was the Nexus Q, which debuted last year at Google’s developer event.
Thank you, TiA