Chromecast October 19 2015, 0 Comments

Google has always been at the frontline of innovation, and two years ago they released something new which happened to be very successful, Chromecast. Millions of the devices have been sold since its release, primarily because it revolutionized streaming content but also because of its very affordable price tag. You can purchase one at $35 from a store and even at $20 when used. This year, Google released a second version of Chromecast which has a number of improvements, and still maintained the same price tag.

What it does

To stream something onto your TV from either your smartphone or PC required that the content first pass through your device before being transferred to your TV. As you can imagine, this was a bit of a hassle because you’d need cables to transfer the content such as the HDMI from PC to TV.

With Chromecast, though, online content is streamed directly to your TV, and your device is only the controller for selecting content. The device receives Wi-Fi signals which are then relayed to your TV via a HDMI cable. As the device is quite small, it has to be powered from an external source, although it’s not difficult.

This year, alongside the 2nd generation Chromecast, the Chromecast audio was also released which works in the same way except it only receives and transmits audio content. This is great for audiophiles because it substitutes Bluetooth and NFC for a much more efficient system.

How to use Chromecast

From your PC, you will need to have Google Chrome installed, then download the Google Cast extension from the Chrome Web Store. Afterwards, whatever you do on the browser can be streamed onto your TV by clicking on the Google Cast icon, including YouTube videos and even Netflix or any other channel you use.

From your smartphone, download the Chromecast app from the Play Store and you’re good. With the app, you can mirror content on your phone onto your TV from any app which makes watching videos a lot more exciting.

Is it worth it?

This device is completely effective and definitely makes streaming exciting and simpler by eliminating most of the wires. The ability to control multiple devices in your home, however, is the knockout because you couldn’t do this before. Finally, the price, such a small retail price should make Chromecast even more accessible and prompt even more people to buy one, or two.

I believe it is worth it, definitely, plus it’s new technology so we’re waiting to see what we’ll be able to do with it in the future.