Chromecast: $35 HDMI Streaming Solution for Televisions Controlled by a Smartphone


Thu, Jul 25th, 2013 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Engadget has this piece on Google's Chromecast, a tiny little gizmo you plug into your televisions HDMI port and you can then control it using your smartphone. Use it to transmit your favourite videos from a variety of smartphone apps. Unsurprisingly, the device is not available for purchase in Canada.

Apps that work with the device include a "Cast" button that allows users to push video to their televisions and control various aspects remotely (volume, play, pause, etc.). "Once Chromecast is plugged in, you just go to YouTube on your smartphone," Google reps said. "You'll see the cast button in your UI and you press it -- Chromecast will pull the info you requested from the cloud and play it on your TV." Meanwhile, an on-stage demonstration showed YouTube video being pushed "via the cloud," thus enabling other apps to be used while a video is being viewed on a television screen. Netflix was up next, and it has similar remote control functionality. Google Play movies and television (expectedly) also work with Chromecast, and Google delightedly demonstrated it with Vin Diesel vehicle Fast Five. Finally, Google demoed full Google Chrome projected on a TV and controlled remotely with a "standard $500 Windows 8 laptop." The feature is "still in early days," but a promise has already been made: that users will be able to easily project content to televisions via their web browser.



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