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What is Chromecast?
Chromecast is a set of media players that Google makes. Using these devices, you can easily share videos, songs and other multimedia content from you phone or laptop to your TV.
Chromecast is powered by Google Cast, the platform. There are TVs and other devices that come with built-in Chromecast support using this platform. On such devices, Chromecast features are available without additional hardware. We will explore this further in this article.
We will talk about how to set up Chromecast and use it. However, as an introduction, I want to tell you how it works. When Chromecast is ready in your network, you will a Chromecast icon on all supported platforms. For example, when you open a YouTube video on your phone, you will see the icon on the top right corner. Tap this icon and the video will start playing on your Chromecast connected TV.
Google Cast is what powers Chromecast devices from Google and many other supported devices. The Google Cast SDK was released on February 3, 2014. This technology allows developers to create Cast Ready apps and devices.
Chromecast Ready or Built-in Chromecast
If a device has Google Cast support, it will be able to work just like any Chromecast connected TV. For example, let us say, you have a normal TV with an HDMI port. You can connect a Chromecast and make it cast ready.
Now, assume that you have one of the newer TVs with “Google Cast” or “Chromecast built-in”. This new TV also will be available for you to “cast” content, without connecting a Chromecast dongle to it.
What is ‘Cast’ or ‘Casting’?
Casting is the process of sending a song, video or image from your computer or phone to a Chromecast connected device.
This is however different from sending a file via WiFi or Bluetooth. Let us take an example of playing a song via Bluetooth from your phone to your TV. You started playing a song using Bluetooth for your kid. After some time, you had to go out and you had to take your phone with you. The music will stop playing the moment you leave the Bluetooth range which could be a few feet tops.
Now let us take the example of casting.
You find a song from Spotify on your mobile, tap the Cast icon. At this moment, what the phone sends to your TV is not the song, but an instruction to connect to Spotify and start streaming the song.
Now, let us assume again that you had to step out, again. The song will continue playing even after your step out and leave the Bluetooth range. This is because your TV is directly connecting to Spotify and downloading the song, and not from your phone. If you had selected a playlist, it can continue playing all the songs in the list while you are away.
This is true for playing YouTube videos or movies from Netflix. You can start casting and step out and the video will continue to play.
Don’t worry, other devices in the same network will have a notification to pause, stop or control volume. More on that soon!