Google Chromecast dongle (Reuters/Beck Diefenbach)

Chromecast: The cheap and easy future of TV

Google reveals a $35 gadget that will transform your phone into a streaming media remote control


Andrew Leonard
July 24, 2013 9:50PM (UTC)

Look out, AppleTV! Moments ago, Google sent a shockwave through the technology trade press with its announcement of Chromecast, a device that supposedly allows us to stream Web content from our phone/laptop/tablet directly to our TVs.

Google calls Chromecast "the easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV." In contrast to AppleTV, which comes with its own set-top box, cord and dedicated remote and costs at least $100, the two-inch-long $35 Chromecast "dongle" plugs directly into a HDMI port on your TV. Then, any Chrome-enabled device with WiFi capability -- laptop, tablet, even iPhone -- turns into a streaming media remote control.

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Just two days ago, I connected my new MacBook Air to my TV using a 13-foot cable. The video quality is great, but the laptop interface is still cumbersome. The notion of using the phone I already have as a remote control to watch the Web on my big-screen HDTV is instantly appealing.

Can it really be this simple? Thirty-five bucks to merge the Web and TV? I've ordered one from the Google Play store already. I'll let you know how it works out.

More details from Gizmodo.

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Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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