Google announced a new product yesterday, one that could potentially change the game of TV and devices, at its press event. ChromeCast, a $35 USB dongle, plugs into your TV and it allows you to “stream” any content from your phone or tablet directly to your TV. It doesn’t matter if you have an Android phone or an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy tablet. You can also stream anything that plays on your laptop and it will display on your TV. It just works, says Google.
So how is this different than Apple’s AirPlay? Both are definitely similar but Apple’s AirPlay only works with Apple devices and requires an Apple TV. Google’s ChromeCast workes on any HDTV with an HDMI input and “synchronizes media playback across multiple devices, making it possible for you to launch the playback of a Netflix movie on your TV with the help of your phone, then turn off that phone and launch the app on your iPad to pause the movie. That’s simply not possible with AirPlay today, and it puts pressure on Apple to add more features,” states GigaOm.
Even moxier is how ChromeCast turns any of your devices into your TV’s remote control. You can pause video, fast-forward or rewind, control the volume and even turn on your TV when you begin playing content from your smartphone or laptop. ChromeCast literally plugs into your HDTV using one of your HDMI ports. If you are interested in ordering one, click here.
Check out ChromeCast’s first commercial: