Google Chromecast introduced, control your TV from any device
0. phoneArena 24 Jul 2013, 12:04 posted on
Google has just introduced Chromecast, a tiny dongle that you insert in your TV's HDMI port, and that allows you to control your TV from any device, be it based on Android or iOS...
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1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
So basically it's a more functional Nexus Q that works cross platform? Cool.
2. Sakeem (Posts: 230; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Very cool. $35??!!!! Wow. Good stocking stuffer for the holidays. Everyone has some kind of device be it a phone, tablet or computer/laptop. Very cool.
3. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 321; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
I like companies that do cross platform devices. Hate restrictive proprietary devices. Hope this comes to my country.
5. ryan5609 (Posts: 99; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Technically, you could do most of this with Google TV and an android phone for quite some time now. But since pretty much everyone hates GTV or doesn't have GTV, this $35 device will serve them quite well. For that price I will probably get one just to satisfy my curiosity. Hell, maybe it will completely replace my Costar. Good on you Google.
8. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I'm confused. How is this controlling your TV?
It seems to me that this dongle is merely a device that will stream content that you choose on your phone.
Where is the TV control?
12. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
but you aren't CONTROLLING anything.
you are streaming. I fail to see where you are manipulating your TV at all, aside from turning it on.
24. ericread (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)
"but you aren't CONTROLLING anything".
Umm...you're controlling what gets displayed and played on your TV. What else do you control on your TV besides what gets dispalyed? That's pretty much what your TV does, display stuff.
So, logically, if you're controlling what gets displayed on your TV, then you are in effect, controlling your TV. No one is expecting this device to control the TV like a remote controlled race car.
I don't get what you're asking.
25. dwillopp (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Jul 2010)
I would argue controlling Netflix is controlling the content coming through your television. It isn't being advertised as a remote, is that what you're looking for?
27. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
yes, I guess that's how I'm interpreting "controlling your TV".. as more remote functionality.
it seems to me that this device gives the user a way to stream youtube and netflix to the TV, and not much else.
29. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
it has an sdk making it so aps and services can use this meaning it has chances of being more than just that
16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
That's the point. All it does is stream content, but it works extremely well in a very functional way and is dirt cheap. Plus, it's cross platform, so it appeals to everyone. That is what will make this sell like crazy.
9. Klamba92 (Posts: 202; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Does this support miracast? As I was going to get a miracast dongle yesterday but thought I would wait to see what Google unveil.
13. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
$35 with free 3 months of Netflix, so that equates to about $11 for the Chromecast.
I'm definitely in.
18. Bridgep0rt (Posts: 31; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
didnt look @ it like that... Thumbs up for u!
19. alvinashcraft (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Is that free Netflix for new customers only, or do existing Netflix customers get three months with no bill?
21. alvinashcraft (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Answering my own question. Existing customers do qualify, but you only can have 1 credit per netflix account. You don't get 6 months free with two Chromecasts in your house.
30. ECPirate37 (Posts: 91; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Dude, thanks for finding this out for me. I was going to ask the same thing! I'll gladly take three free months! You rock for finding this out!
14. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Google finally conquered TV. Woot!
It comes with 3 months of Netflix, I bought two x)
15. bucky (Posts: 1500; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Anybody know if this is similar to AirPlay where you can mirror the screen on to your tv?
17. Genersis (Posts: 197; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Interesting. I think I would of liked it more if it outright mirrored whatever the connected device is displaying.
20. alvinashcraft (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
"any device" as long as it is Android or iOS.
28. Victor.H (Posts: 441; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Or Mac. Or Chrome OS Pixel. Or anything that runs Chrome really.
22. hypergreatthing (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Isn't this just an android on a stick device?
35$ is about right for one
26. k1ng617 (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Can I mirror my screen while playing angry birds or display my pictures?
31. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Really dont see the point of this? if i can watch it on my phone or tablet, why would i wanna tether myself to the TV and not be able to move? $35 is abit much just to turn my phone into a remote control.
When i saw this article i thought: Finally!! Google's put their TV service into a dongle.
....but apparently not.
32. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 623; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Go back and re-read the article, it doesn't tether you to the TV. It allows you to mirror what you want to the TV, you can still do whatever you want on your device and have something else streamed to the TV via the dongle. This is a boon to those who do not own smart TV's. I hate smart TV's because the internet enabling features usually come with crappy on screen stuff that is run by some old ass Z80 processor(well they sure react like it).
I wonder does this also work with smartphones as well, this would double the boon especially if you do not want to shell out for a smart TV and already own an LCD.
This can essentially make any LCD HDMI packing screen a viewing device, and it also sounds like you can take it anywhere and use it for presentations possibly and other things as long as apps allow it. HDMI ports never looked so sweet.
This is really showing the acceleration and proliferation of time shifted enjoyment, TV shows without commercial breaks, or running on your time. Utilization of TV to mirror things on your laptop or phone or even desktop as long as you have a wireless network present. In time we will probably see more things that can take advantage of this device.
33. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6577; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
This is a sweet idea. Plan on buying it. just a question. can u also stream your videos that's already in your phone/tablet on the Chromecast besides watching NETFLIX or youtube?