Developed and built by Google, the Chromecast is a digital media player that connects directly into your television. The device itself is an HDMI dongle, and allows you to stream audio and video content on any HD TV via your local WiFi connection.
Once connected to your network, you can easily control the Chromecast via chromecast-enabled mobile apps or web apps. The Chromecast works beautifully with most Android-powered devices, and built-in integration with apps such as YouTube make it a winner.
Released on July 24, 2013, the Chromecast has quickly become a popular choice for streaming needs because of its ease of use and affordable price tag. Priced at $35, the Chromecast is still one of the cheapest digital media players available on the market today.
Key tech specs on the Chromecast include a Marvell 88De3005 system-on-a-chip, 512 MB of Micron DDR3L RAM, 2 GB of flash storage, support for 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. Quite a bit of tech packed into the device, despite its small stature.
The final version of Google Cast SDK was released on February 3, 2014, allowing developers to work with and develop apps that support Chromecast.
It should be exciting to see where Google goes with the Chromecast. We believe they are just scratching the surface with this technology!