The jury is still out on this one. Goggle has become a household name, a household name is defined a a word or name recognized by 80% or so of American households upon mention. As we all know, Google is an incredible search engine entity on the internet. As a matter of fact, the best search engine on the net. Several years ago the search engine giant decided to get involved in manufacturing hardware, like small laptops, their unit was branded as the Google Chromebook. A few days ago Google surprised the tech world with another hardware feat, called Chromecast. Essentially what Chromcast does is direct web content such as movies and other media from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your flatscreen television (is it necessary to say flatscreen anymore ? oh well).
Chromecast is a small stick, that looks identically to a USB or thumb drive that holds files to be transferred to your pc. The Chromecast stick plugs directly into the HDMI port of your TV. Once there, you load the Netflix, Youtube or Google play app onto your device, phone, tablet or laptop. Now you can direct remotely control your TV via your hadheld device to play media from either of those devices. Essentially, the content on your telephone now shows up on your TV, sound cool !!.
How it works
Chromecast plugs into your HDMI connector previously mentioned, it automatically connects to your wi-fi, next the smartphone tells The stick what your watching on the phone, the stick goes out to the internet through the Wi-Fi to get the content. By doing it this way, you phone is still free to work as a phone. You still have full functionality, you can even walk away and the media on the TV will continue.
Here’s What you get
Currently, there are only 3 apps that work with the stick, more will probably be developed. But for now you have Youtube, Google play and Netflix to stream content from. The cost of the ChromeCast stick is actually a bigger surprise that the device itself in my book. The Stick is priced at $35.00 flat. To add to that, you also get the 3 services for 3 months free of charge. So you pay $35 for The Stick, and you get 3 month’s of Netflix ($8 per month if you paid) or $24 of free service, you can’t beat that deal. I guess one catch could be that you would need to purchase, 1 Stick for each TV, that is if you care about streaming to more tha 1 TV. Maybe one at your Home, Shore home, and at a friends home maybe.
The jury’s still out on this one
Several other companies have already ravaged this streaming media space, like Roku, Boxee and Apple TV. So, I’m not what Google is plotting here. I am sure the Google marketing people are exceptional and had to have done all of the prerequisite surveys among potential users and purchasers. I am certain they wouldn’t have taken the “Build it and they will come” approach. So many, many smartphone and tablet owners must have told confirmed that being caged into a 4″ smartphone screen can be agony, once you arrive at your home base.
Will you purchase one ?
The ChromeCast device is available for sale immediately. You can purchase from of course Amazon.com, Best Buy and of course Google Play. For $35 bucks, I myself can not pass up such a deal, so I guess Google always has us techies to fall back on in the event the rest of the world decides they can go on living with purchasing a ChromeCast stick.
Written by JYNorflet 7.28.13
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