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Google Chromecast introduced, control your TV from any device

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Google Chromecast introduced, control your TV from any device
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, or even laptop. The device is completely cross-platform. Chromecast looks almost exactly like a USB flash drive and it actually powers via USB.

The Chromecast inserts in the back of your TV (or where your HDMI TV port is) and completely disappears from the view. You just have to connect it to the same Wi-Fi network as your mobile device. From there you just either open the YouTube application or the YouTube website where Google is introducing a new button. Tap that button and the video you are in gets automatically streamed to your TV set.

You don't even need to turn on your TV. Doing this on your phone automatically turns on the TV, switches it into the right mode and starts the video. You can play a single video, or queue multiple videos into a playlist.

The new Chromecast also works with Netflix so you can easily watch and control your favorite movies.

Best of all, you can also beam Chrome tabs from your device right to the TV. This feature is still in beta, but it'd work great with photos and just any type of content. Imagine the possibilities - all the web in a fully functional browser. If you are streaming from a laptop, you can continue browsing while you stream. This will work with most Windows, Mac and Chrome OS laptops, even affordable ones.

Best of all, the Chromecast goes live today and is priced at the ridiculous $35 so you can connect all your TVs. It is bundled with three months of free Netflix. It will be available with most major retailers from July 28th, but you can buy it on the Google Play store right now at the link below.

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posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:09 16

1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

So basically it's a more functional Nexus Q that works cross platform? Cool.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:14 8

2. Sakeem (Posts: 611; 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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:16 12

3. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 533; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

I like companies that do cross platform devices. Hate restrictive proprietary devices. Hope this comes to my country.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:17 9

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

$35!? I need this in my life.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:21 5

5. ryan5609 (Posts: 107; 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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:27 3

8. McLTE (Posts: 922; 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?

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:37 1

10. yousef8824 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

from your phone or tablet

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:51 1

12. McLTE (Posts: 922; 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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:38 2

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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:39 1

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?

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:29

27. McLTE (Posts: 922; 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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:15

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; 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

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:18 1

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; 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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:34

9. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; 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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:39 1

11. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:53 3

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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:25

18. Bridgep0rt (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

didnt look @ it like that... Thumbs up for u!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:26

19. alvinashcraft (Posts: 13; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

Is that free Netflix for new customers only, or do existing Netflix customers get three months with no bill?

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:29 2

21. alvinashcraft (Posts: 13; 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.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 21:58

30. ECPirate37 (Posts: 220; 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!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:55

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)

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:59

15. bucky (Posts: 3134; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Anybody know if this is similar to AirPlay where you can mirror the screen on to your tv?

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:49

17. Genersis (Posts: 219; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Interesting. I think I would of liked it more if it outright mirrored whatever the connected device is displaying.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:27

20. alvinashcraft (Posts: 13; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

"any device" as long as it is Android or iOS.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:35

23. alvinashcraft (Posts: 13; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

Or Win7+

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:35 1

28. Victor.H (Posts: 785; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Or Mac. Or Chrome OS Pixel. Or anything that runs Chrome really.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:29

22. hypergreatthing (Posts: 43; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

Isn't this just an android on a stick device?
35$ is about right for one

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:48

26. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Can I mirror my screen while playing angry birds or display my pictures?

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 00:14

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.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 14:09

32. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; 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.

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