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It's available in the U.S. starting today, with other countries to follow

Google introduced a media streaming stick today that allows users to watch videos from services like YouTube and Netflix on their TVs. 

The streaming stick is called Chromecast, and it connects to a TV's HDMI input to wirelessly sync with mobile devices or the Chrome browser allowing users to view videos, photos and more right on their TVs.

In other words, if you choose a movie from your smartphone's Netflix app, you can use Chromecast to play it on your TV.

The Google stick performs the duties of a media streaming box and a remote control. Chromecast is compatible with Android and iOS-powered smartphones and tablets, allowing users to not only use these devices to choose the videos they want to watch on their TVs, but also wirelessly control the videos with them (play, pause, stop, rewind, etc.). 

Chromecast is also compatible with the Chrome browser on any PC or Mac. 

A couple of other cool features include screen-mirroring, which will show the user's activity on their Chrome browser including videos and photos, and use of multiple devices to control Chromecast (for instance, if you play a movie from your smartphone's Netflix app, you can use your tablet as a remote control). 


Chromecast will even automatically switch your TV to the correct input upon choosing to watch videos, photos, etc. via Chromecast.

Chromecast's hardware measures a mere 2 inches, and it supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11. It can play back 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound, and comes with a USB power cable and a power adapter. 

At launch, Chromecast can only support four apps: Netflix, YouTube, Google Music and Google Movies. However, an upside to this is that Google is offering both new and existing Netflix users three free months of the service if they buy Chromecast. 

Despite its limited app selection, Google said more options will be coming soon. But for now, the tech giant is hoping to use the device's convenient features and low price of only $35 to draw customers in. 

Yes, I said $35. So it doesn't have the options that competitors like Apple TV and Roku's Streaming Stick have, but the attractive price should set sales in motion. 

Chromecast is available starting today in the U.S., and will come to other countries later. 

Google has had a busy week of launches so far. It also unveiled the new Nexus 7 tablet, which features a a quad-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 1920x1200 pixel resolution, a 7-inch 1080p HD screen, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, dual stereo speakers, and prices of $229 for 16GB and $269 for 32GB. 

Additionally, Google introduced Android version 4.3 Jelly Bean -- which will power the new Nexus 7 tablet. 

Source: Google Chrome Blog



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RE: No device video/audio streaming = game stopper
By Rukkian on 7/25/2013 9:58:47 PM , Rating: 2
I am not shocked by this, but you obviously are not very educated in what this is. It does stream from your local computer (Mac, windows, chrome). All you have to do is use chrome and put in the address (for windows, it would be c:\.....) and it will play it. I don't know how the path would work on a mac, cause I want devices that can do more, but I am sure it can be done.


By Tony Swash on 7/26/2013 4:32:32 AM , Rating: 2
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I am not shocked by this, but you obviously are not very educated in what this is. It does stream from your local computer (Mac, windows, chrome). All you have to do is use chrome and put in the address (for windows, it would be c:\.....) and it will play it. I don't know how the path would work on a mac, cause I want devices that can do more, but I am sure it can be done.


You are right I had missed that feature, this make Chomecast much more interesting. It's clear how central Chrome is to Google's efforts to be a universal horizontal service layer and to encourage maximum web/browser based activity. Clearly the replacement of Andy Rubin by Sundar Pichai (head of the Chrome team) as head of the Android team, in fact the merger of the two teams, was even more strategic than it appeared. It's Chrome not Android which is central to Google's strategy.


RE: No device video/audio streaming = game stopper
By bug77 on 7/26/2013 6:31:22 AM , Rating: 2
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It's Chrome not Android which is central to Google's strategy.


Why would you assume that? Having millions of users capable of being served ads is not central to Google's strategy? In order to achieve that, they must make sure there are affordable smartphones to begin with.


By Cheesew1z69 on 7/27/2013 3:34:25 PM , Rating: 2
Because, he secretly wants Android to fail so his precious doesn't have a competitor that is better... isn't it obvious?


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