Chromecast presented: Chrome OS for the TV

Chromecast presented: Chrome OS for the TV

In today's special event, Google also introduced a completely new device: Chromecast. The small HDMI stick is simply connected to a TV and you can transfer content directly from your various devices to the TV.

© Google

In the development of Google Chromecast, they had three rules of thumb:

  • Easy to set up
  • No learning curve
  • Available on all platforms

Chromecast is driven by a simplified version of Chrome OS, and is not much bigger than a USB stick. Once connected to the TV, YouTube videos from smart phones and tablets can be sent direct to the television. Chromecast relays the videos directly from the cloud. The smartphone or tablet is therefore not needed for playback, so you can casually check e-mails without video playback on the television being interrupted.

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YouTube-Streaming with Chromecast. / © Google

Chromecast is not just limited to YouTube videos, however, other platforms are also supported, including Netflix, Google Play Music or Pandora. Website content from Google Chrome can also be displayed on the TV.

When streaming content it does not matter whether you use an Android, iOS device or computer. According to Google, Chromecast will work with all platforms.

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Chromecast is not much bigger than a USB stick. / © Google

Google also introduced the "Googlecast SDK", meaning you can treat Chromecast as a development environment for Android, iOS, and Google Chrome, and bring existing content from mobile and web apps to your television with a few simple modifications.

A preview version is available today. Chromecast costs $35 and is available today in the U.S. Other countries will follow soon.

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  • My guess is that this is directed at people who aren't tech-savvy enough to know how to link and sync everything! It certainly has some interesting potential and pretty much does what the Nexus Q was meant to do for not much money.

  • Its an interesting idea, except my Samsung Blu-ray player is synced to my laptop and android smart phone (which means its already doing what the Comcast promises). Would I invest in a Comcast? Maybe if they take $10 off the price with a free HDMI splitter adapter (since the Samsung Blu-ray player already uses this port) and include Crackle, along with Hulu, I would think about getting one ...