It is not so often a product is launched in the market and gets an instant success from the media, people and go out of stock! Google’s Chromecast, a HDMI media player device is attempting to change the way we watch TV in our living room.
With Chromecast you can watch movies streamed to your TV with the aid of your smartphone. When you watch live TV on your Android mobile or on iOS device (this is the best part I love), have you ever wondered how in the world I can make this stream on my TV? I am sure you would have thought that more than once. You bet. Obviously there are solutions like Apple TV and Google TV that tries to solve this problem. However Chromecast beat them all. Let’s deep dive how it does this in an amazingly new way.
So, what the heck is Chromecast?
Why bore you with another article with 25 paragraphs when we can show you what is Chromecast in a video? Here’s the official video:
If you have watched the above to video, you will have a clear understanding of what Chromecast can do and how it does it.
Chromecast is a USB stick like device that can be plugged into the HDMI slot on a TV. This device helps stream movies or television shows through any smartphone using the home wifi connection. Let’s understand why chromecast is significantly different.
8 great thing that make Chromecast a Super Hero?
1) It works like magic
One of the big reasons why Apple TV and Google TV were a failure was the fact that it was so complicated. Both Apple TV and Google TV uses data from the mobile and this was such an inconvenience from user experience point of view. However Chromecast is unique in a way that it takes data from the cloud while playing it on TV while the user can perform other tasks on mobile or tablet.
2) It’s dead cheap
Right off the bat, Google has set the price to $35 while it’s potential competitors like Apple TV costs about $99 and Google TV costs about $168 in Amazon at this time of writing. By reducing the price to bare minimum, Google has attracted the mass market which is why the product has been sold out right now as we write this post. Hopefully Google will make arrangement to alter their supply chain to bring in more supplies.
3) No platform dependency
Another innovation in Chromecast is it is capable of running on all platform. Even if you have iOS device, you can still stream content on your TV. Chromecast perfectly works on the Windows platform as well. You can even use a laptop to stream on the TV. This will make sure that many of us who use not only chrome/android, but also iOS and Windows can also buy and use this device. Versatile isn’t it ?
4) It’s tiny
Unlike its competition Chromecast is tiny in size. It’s just like a memory stick. It is just less than 2 inch in size. You can easily carry and portable too. More importantly, if you plug chromecast in your TV, you will never see a odd hardware plugged in your TV.
5) Even computer rookie can easily install
- Chromecast has simplified the installation process. Just follow the following steps.
- Go to https://cast.google.com/chromecast/setup
- Download the app
- Install the app and sync the device
- Add chromecast extension to the chrome browser
- That’s it !!!
Watch the below video for more details:
6) No remote control
All controls are available on your hand. There is no separate remote control setup that is needed. Its handsfree, so now you need not search for a remote to control chromecast.
7) Cloud advantage
Chromecast used cloud to stream video, so the major benefit is the battery of your device will not be used. What else can we expect from this device!
8) Subscription channel
Subcription channel is the interesting feature in chromecast. Right now chromecast are subscribed to Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music. With the existing subscription channel you can watch whatever videos you want. The great news is this is not only the list and it is likely to expand soon. This is a very good news indeed.
How does it looks like?
Google chromecast is looks exactly like a pendrive. It comes with a micro-USB port connection to which the power is supplied.
This picture shows the connected chromecast at backside of the TV. Certainly simple and doesn’t show outside.
The above picture shows the micro-USB post for power supply. A small light for knowing the ON/OFF status. A small button for factory reset the chromecast.
Are you still confused how to cast?
Here’s a video for simple steps of how to cast chromecast
Unboxing and Test
Here an unboxing video from unboxtherapy:
Where to buy Chromecast?
At this point there are three channels where you can buy Chromecast from.
If you are outside the US, then you might have to wait a little more days or month. Currently Chromecast is available only in the US while the international option is still being worked out.
If you are one of the many people who always likes to watch movies and live shows on a large screen, then Google’s Chromecast is a must have device. By simplifying the TV video watching experience, it puts everyone on your family in your living room to watch the most loved movie or talk show. All you have to have is a smartphone, internet connect, this tiny magical device and boom you have your movie on the big stream!