Yesterday Google announced a brand new streaming accessory that can help you bring web content to your TV.
This Chromecast as it is called, is a HDMI dongle that runs on both Android and iOS. You simply plug the dongle directly into a HDMI jack on your TV and then you are connected to your wireless network. With this wireless HDMI solution it is easy to transfer video, music and other content to your big screen TV.
Using apps on your phone or tablet you will be able to control content on the big screen. You will also be able to stream videos directly from Google’s web browser Chrome.
Right now, the Chromecast will support:
- Google Play
- Google Music
- Chrome for Windows, Mac and Chromebook Pixel
Up until now Android users have been dependent on Samsungs AllShare Play and the less user friendly DLNA standard. However, with the introduction of Chromecast it appears as if Android users now get an easier alternative. Further more as it also is compliant with iPhone, iPad, Mac and Windows it seems as if Google’s new product will also be a huge competitor to Apples AirPlay and Apple TV.
Within this week Chromecast will be available in US stores, Amazon, Best Buy and the Google Play Store for $35 and will include three free months of Netflix for a limited time.