We see today a lot of videos on our tablets, phones and laptops, while still a large TV in the room is. With Google Chrome Cast, it makes you quite simply that you can bring the contents on your device to the big screen of the television.
The Chrome Cast is a small HDMI dongle (about 5 centimeters), inserted into the HDMI input on the TV. It takes the power from the USB port and connects to your WiFi network.
For example, if you want to watch from YouTube, a video you open the YouTube application and press the ‘cast’ icon. The application automatically detects the Chrome Cast dongle which you can select afterwards. If you use different Chrome cast dongles in your house, you can give them different names.
The Chrome Cast receives the signal from your smartphone and retrieves the content from the cloud itself, the movie is not streamed from your device. When you play a movie on your television, you can just check your mail or a phone call on your phone or tablet. This also has positive effects on the battery of your device for the Chrome Cast does all the heavy lifting.
When your movie and have started and you have to leave, it remains the Chrome Cast playing. When you log in on another device, you can play the movie that pause or rewind depending on what you want to do. Which is played is not limited to the device on which it was started.
If you now have found another nice movie, you can put it in the TV queue, that can also be your friends which present in the room. Your friends can also connect to the Chrome Cast and prepare their videos to play. Such a feature we also saw on the social media player from Google, the Nexus Q, which was never officially released.
Also interesting is that the Chrome Cast developers also supports the ‘cast’ feature in their apps.
The Chrome Cast does not only work with YouTube, but also with the Google Play Store and Netflix. Latter, it also has the Chrome Cast-button included in the application. In addition, the Chrome Cast only work with Android devices but also with iOS devices, Chromebrowers on Windows and Mac, Chromebook Pixel. Chrome Cast is using truly cross-platform
Because it can also be used via the browser, you can show web content but also your Google+ album you can bring to the big screen. For this you will also be another Chrome Cast-button at the top of your browser to appear.
The Cast Chrome is later today in the United States in the sale and will cost $35. Since Netflix first service works with Google, one gets the first three months after purchase free access to all movies and series on Netflix, not only in the United States. Other countries get the Chrome Cast ASAP. When the device is available in the Benelux, unfortunately, is not yet known.