Chromecast hands-on and demo

Chromecast hands-on and demo
While we were pretty much fully informed about the announcement of the Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 at Google's media event today, Chromecast was indeed a nice little surprise.  Chromecast is another way to bring online content to the entertainment center of your home, which for many people is the television hooked up to high-end surround sound equipment.

Chromecast is not a replacement to Google TV, it is simply an alternative to bring all sorts of great media to the family room though, and at only $35, not only is it appealing for your own home, it makes an easy gift idea for family and friends (a perfect stocking stuffer right?).

Chromecast does not require a remote, only configuration with your router and once that is complete, your iOS or Android device can do the rest of the work as well as any Chrome browser (Mac, Windows or Chromebook Pixel).  One thing that you need to know is that you are not channeling content from your device to your TV.  Instead, you are directing Chromecast where to grab the media directly and that not only allows for full HD video delivery, but also saves the battery on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

All you do is plug it in, connect Chromecast to Wi-Fi and start cast content.  Three steps and yes, it is that easy.  Another cool part about this is that since Chromecast handles the media connectivity, this allows you to continue using your smartphone or tablet for other work, multitask away with email or phone calls.

At $35, Chromecast is a pretty easy buying decision and its integration with apps most people use every day like YouTube or Netflix is already in place, plus it is in beta for the Chrome browser, so the internet is at your TV's doorstep.  A lot of other media providers are developing it for their apps as well so you are sure to find more and more venues to use it with.




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25 Comments

1. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

That is absolutely amazing. 4.3 looking amazingly smooth too, look at this thing blow through 1080p with only an S4 Pro. Google doing a good job with OS optimization hopefully it continues into popular apps.

3. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

this is an amazing cheap device to link tablet devices to tv. i can easily see apple tv google tv samsung and lg and other tv manufacturers iteriations becoming obsolete so simple and it works. now all that stands is program support. like amazon streaming!

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The Google TV devices may slip by the wayside, but Apple TV still has a huge advantage, besides all of the little things it does with Apple devices like screen mirroring, over it: Chromecast doesn't actually stream anything. You can't stream local content, so all of your stored movies and music are useless with it.

22. Bridgep0rt

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Mark my words.. What u just said it cant do, will be better 2nd time around. google will make a chromecast(S) Lol.

2. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

the s4pro and the s6 series have very litle differences.

4. javi080

Posts: 2; Member since: May 08, 2012

there might be a lawsuit from comcast coming cuz the name chromecast is too similar

19. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Following your logic, apple could sue google because Google TV is similar do Apple TV... it makes no sense

5. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

wait, can I stream media from my device if I wanted? or just point it to data I could already access using an xbox or ps3?

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No. It only fetches a URL for content that your device points it to, it doesn't actually stream anything.

20. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

no can It play media from my device or just internet videos?

21. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

nevermind.

8. Android802

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Looks like smart TV's are going to become obsolete! This will be so much easier to use, update, and sell than a giant super expensive tv! Way to go Google!

10. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I have a Samsung es8000 and the smart TV features are honestly useless. The only thing I use is the Netflix app and even that freezes constantly. This is a great Apple TV competitor and even more so if they could just add the screen mirroring features as well

9. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Still no screen mirroring :(

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

not for now, their idea seemed like a content reproduction solution that will allow you to play your content without being interrupted while still being stupid easy to use and set up... with that said I hope future versions of this should allow us to do screen monitoring, even as an "advance feature" option.... i heard it might come build into other TV (Samsung maybe and improve) who knows there is a SDK and devs are probably interested in playing with it so i hope we see good things out of it... on the plus side is compatible with IOS and android that alone will make a lo of people happy

13. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'm thinking the devs at xda will figure it out before google. If it can stream 1080p it can certainly handle screen mirroring. I like this thing. Hopefully app devs will utilize it.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Oh gawd missed all my comas today... Yeah I hope devs make something amazing out it, for $35 I'll buy it even when we all know this will have BETA written all over it XD that, the nexus 7 upgrade and the moto X (or the next nexus) will be part of my list of gadgets this year

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is very cool. @ Maxwell R. do u know if the Chromecast will be able too play regular videos on Android device besides Netflix? Like too know thanks.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

So far.. No devs need to make support for this, will be a matter of time but it will happen...

18. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

We will have a couple more demo video from a couple developers already integrating Chromecast features into their apps. While the end user funcationality is insanely simple, the Google design team told me it was quite tricky from a developer perspective because of the end user experience.

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

everyone is hoping for a workaround to play local files... its gonna happen as they already figure one out for the desktops

16. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

So it's just like smart TV wi-fi only google collects data on your viewing habits without having to buy Netflix ?? Amazing

23. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

What? You do realize that this thing only goes to where you point it, like urls. Viewing habits? What viewing habits, your web browsing habits? Good grief!

25. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I think you're the one that needs to learn how this works - the phone acts as a remote device to call information. Any content that is streamed, such as a Netflix movie, has to go through google servers before reaching the dongle/TV

17. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I don't know why they did not include miracast, as the nexus 4 on android 4.2 supports this already I would not mind paying extra for it. However this is a great start especially because of the price and cross platform I just hope it's comes to other countries soon!

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