Google Announces The New Chromecast TV Streamer
It’s been a Google extravaganza over the last 24 hours, with the new Nexus 7 and Android Jelly Bean 4.3 being announced. Google haven’t stopped there. They have also announce the Google Chromecast, an extremely cheap ($35) 2″ device that allows you to stream online content such as YouTube, Google Play Media and Netflix direct to your TV via a HDMI port.
In the announcement on the Google BlogÂ they go on to explain that this little wonder will allow you to not only stream data from devices like your smartphone, tablet or laptop, but it will also allow you to carry on using your device so you can continue to be productive. So you could put your children’s favourite cartoon on the TV whilst continuing to work on that important email you need to send. All for $35..pretty awesome I think you will agree!
At the moment the device is only available to you lucky Americans in online stores like Best Buy, Amazon and of course the Google Play Store. At the moment there isn’t any news on wider adoption of the Chromecast so people like me over here in the UK will need to wait a little longer, that’s if we do get them at all.
A while back I wrote an article about how I use my Raspberry Pi as a media centre using XBMC and from what I’ve seen online, this seems to be what a lot of people are doing with the little Â£30 device. See the correlation here? I can’t help but think that Google are going after this market with the Chromecast. But with the Chromecast missing features like being able to stream from a samba share on devices like NAS drives, I personally would probably pick my Raspberry Pi over the Chromecast. Having said that, at just $35 it’s definitely worth a punt, plus we don’t know what a future update could bring.
What about you guys? Are you going to rush out and by the Chromecast or maybe you already have a media streaming system setup and don’t want to change. Why not tell us your thoughts below.