Friday, 2 August 2013

Google Chromecast: PCs, Phones and tablets can play online video on a TV set

Google Chromecast is a digital media streaming adapter developed by Google. The device stream content like web video and music wirelessly on a high-definition television (HDTV) by streaming it from a mobile device, laptop or the web via WiFi.

Google Chromecast, Google Chromecast Dongle

Google is trying to change television watching again, after the tepid response to its Google TV product a few years back. This time, instead of building a complex system to bring apps and Internet video to the TV, the search giant is taking a simpler approach. One of the major points of the devices is that it is simple to use and simple to set up.

With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps.

Once it is set up, you have the option to watch from an array of apps, with more to come. Right now, there is support in YouTube, Chrome, Play Movies, and Netflix (and if you order now you get 3 months of Netflix free!).

How to Setup Google Chromecast dongle:

Setting up Chromecast was simple, but not super easy. You need the included micro-USB-to-USB cable to hook up to your TV’s USB port or to an AC adapter plugged into the wall. An HDMI extender is also included in the box, if your port setup can’t accommodate the dongle itself. Plugging the Chromecast device into my TV and have it connect automatically (or ask for my wifi password on the first attempt) and be able to start casting immediately, but I had to download the Chromecast app, install it, and then start casting.

Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows. Browse for what to watch, control playback, and adjust volume using your device. You won't have to learn anything new.

Spec wise, Measuring 2-inch (51 mm) dongle with an HDMI input at one end, and a (kind of) large bulbous back-end that has a USB port for power. You can plugs into a television's HDMI port and is powered externally via the device's Micro-USB port, either through the television's USB port or an external power supply.

The Good:
  • Dongle is compact and simple
  • Better tab casting for stuff other than videos
  • A dedicated app perhaps, that can turn off the TV, do volume control, pause, play etc.
  • Access to Chrome browser gives it a vast swath of types of content it can display
  • Can run video without a dedicated device to support it
The Bad:
  • Chrome streaming occasionally breaks down
  • Can be a little pokey to bring up Netflix or YouTube content
  • Playing your own files involves making them play nice with Chrome

Google Chromecast introduction through youtube Video: