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, an HDMI media player device is attempting to change the way we watch TV in our living room.
So, what’s the big deal with this device?
With this device, 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, this tool can beat them all. Let’s deep dive into how it does this in an amazingly new way.
Amazing isn’t it? But, the most important question is…
What is a Chromecast?
Why bore you with another article with 25 paragraphs when we can show you what this device can do in a video? Here’s the official video:
It is a USB stick like device that has to be plugged into the HDMI slot on a TV. This device helps to stream movies or television shows through any smartphone using the home wifi connection. Let’s understand why this tool is significantly different.
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Now, let’s get started!
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 a 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.
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 a 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 arrangements to alter its supply chain to bring in more supplies.
No platform dependency
Another innovation in Chromecast is it is capable of running on all platforms. Even if you have an 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?
Unlike its competition Chromecast is tiny in size. It’s just like a memory stick. It is just less than 2 inches in size. You can easily carry and portable too. More importantly, if you plug Chromecast on your TV, you will never see an odd hardware plugged in your TV.
Even a 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:
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.
Chromecast used the 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!
The subscription channel is an interesting feature in Chromecast. Right now Chromecast is 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 piece of 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 the backside of the TV. Certainly simple and doesn’t show outside.
The above picture shows the micro-USB port for power supply. A small light for knowing the ON/OFF status. A small button for factory reset the Chromecast.
Are you still confused about how to cast?
Where to buy Chromecast?
At this point, there are three channels where you can buy Chromecast from:
1. From Amazon
2. From Google Play
3. From Bestbuy
If you are outside the US, then you might have to wait a little more days or months. Currently, Chromecast is available only in the US while the international option is still being worked out.
Does a Chromecast use a lot of power?
No. Chromecasts are merely connected to the devices. It doesn’t require a high consumption of the battery.
Can you use a Chromecast without an internet connection?
Usually, Chromecasts requires an internet connection, so the answer is no. It needs to be connected to the internet for it to be paired with your devices.
If you are one of the many people who always like 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!
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