What is Chromecast? The Chromecast is one of the top selling streaming devices, which allow you to wirelessly cast content on your phone or computer devices to the large screen or modern HD televisions. Google had first launched Chromecast in the year 2013 at the price of just $30, and with each passing year, this small device has just excelled in its service and functions, because of the regularly updated versions.
The Google streaming device Chromecast may be described as a small thumb sized dongle that helps in casting or streaming video onto your HDMI televisions via your computer, laptop or mobile devices with the help of the WiFi network. This smart device, thus enables you to watch your favorite TV shows, listen to your favorite music or even browse the web at your convenience and comfort.
How does it work?
The Google Chromecast does not have any interface of its own and relies on the apps installed on your mobile, laptop or computer device for its functioning. The google cast protocol helps in streaming the content from your mobile devices on the television sets. The cast button in the various apps, like for instance Spotify or BBC becomes the trigger point to signal the streaming of content via the mobile devices.
The app thus becomes, the control point or the remote control, while the Chromecast helps in connecting the content between the two devices with the help of internet connection. The system is efficient, works smoothly and is user-friendly as well as can be used by anyone who is well efficient in working with various apps on mobile devices.
How to set up Google Chromecast?
Setting up Google Chromecast is easy, all you need is a good WiFi network, HDMI support device, and a USB cable. The first thing to be done is to plug in the Chromecast in the HDTV and a powered USB port. After this, you need to set your HDTV input to the port through which the Chromecast is connected. Later on, install Chromecast setup which has dedicated iOS, Mac, Android apps for quick set up and easy to use functions.
After installing the app, you just need to run the Chromecast software, select it, confirm the Chromecast app, set up and enter WiFi network connections and start using your Chromecast dongle.
What Features make Google Chromecast irresistible?
1. A pocketable handy device: The first Chromecast launched was a small stick, while the second generation Chromecast is a tiny, colorful, attractive toy like device which is easy to carry and set up.
2. Remoteless device: Unlike Apple TV which has its own interface and a Siri remote, the google Chromecast does not have its own interface and uses iPhone or Android device as its remote control.
3. Chromecast Ultra for high-end TVs: Similar to Chromecast second generation in looks this Ultra model streams video at 4K resolution for supporting media devices. This streaming device is also good with high dynamic range devices for bright color and contrast.
4. Cheapest streaming Stick: The Google Chromecast at $35 is the cheapest streaming devices as compared to its counterparts like an Amazon fire stick or Roku streaming stick.
Apart from the above features, the Google Chromecast has got almost all of the major streaming channels on board like NetFlix, Showtime, Sling TV, Hulu, HBO and much more. As well as Chromecast supports a large number of various music stations like Spotify, Pandora, iHeartradio etc.. Also, apart from just working as a plug in device for video streaming Chromecast also offers various apps which help in sharing and viewing photos, presentations, and gaming zone.