Chrome OS is going places. New one? Your home entertainment. Google announced a new device that runs Chrome OS. It is named Chromecast and used to connect your devices (laptops, phones and tablets) with your Phone.
Well, not without cables, but wireless. Cloudly, if you will.
Even though runs Chrome OS, you will not get to see Chrome OS anywhere. It works in the background syncing between your devices and the TV.
The set up is super easy. You connect the Chromecast dongle to your TV, and connect the power as well. And that’s pretty much it.
Apps that work with the device include a “Cast” button that allows users to push video to their televisions and control various aspects remotely (volume, play, pause, etc.).
One of the platforms that Chromecast is supported on is Chrome itself. A “Cast’ icon will appear on Youtube, Netflix and Google Play videos. Along with this, there is another feature in beta which helps your cast one of your open tabs to the TV. We have see thing thing somewhere in code right?
For developers, there is an SDK that will help you mod your apps to support Chromecast.
Specs and Supported Platforms
- CEC compatible
- Max. Output Video Resolution
- 72(L) x 35(W) x 12(H) mm
- 2.4 GHz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- (Power adapter included)
- Supported Operating Systems
- Android 2.3 and higher
- iOS® 6 and higher
- Windows® 7 and higher
- Mac OS® 10.7 and higher
- Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel, additional Chromebooks coming soon).
- Wi-Fi enabled supported device and HDTV.
- Wi-Fi use requires 802.11 b/g/n access point (router).
Price and Availability
The Chromecast is priced $35 and available via Google Play. The listing says it will ship within 1-2 days and includes 3 months of Netflix access free.