Jul 24 AT 1:09 PM Dustin Earley 47 Comments

Google announces Chromecast for connecting your phone, tablet or computer to your TV

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We were already expecting to see Android 4.3 and a new Nexus 7 announced at the Android and Chrome event hosted by Google today, but completely out of left field, Google has unveiled an incredibly cheap TV streaming stick that you connect your phone, tablet or computer with. Chromecast, as Google is calling it, comes in at only $35 and could totally up-end the set-top box industry.

With Chromecast, viewing media on any television in your house just got a lot easier. Simply plug the Chromecast dongle into an HDMI port on your TV, connect the USB power cord, and you’re ready to start using Netflix, YouTube, Google Play media services or Chrome in your living room. Instead of using a traditional remote, you use your phone, tablet or computer. Apps like Netflix and Pandora will now feature a Chromecast button, to push content to your TV, as will Google Chrome.

When using Chromecast mode on Google Chrome, your TV essentially acts as a second display. The only difference is that the version of Chrome that shows up on your TV will be optimized for content consumption, so things like the address bar will be missing. When using apps, you can still use your phone and content will continue to play on your TV. You can even turn your device’s display off.

Chromecast will work with Android 2.3 and up, iOS 6 and up, Windows 7 and up, Mac OS 10.7 and up and Chrome OS on the Chromebook Pixel (more models are being added soon). Any of these platforms can sync Chromecast information across devices, allowing multiple phones and tablets to pause and resume Netflix shows, YouTube videos and more.

Chromecast is available in Google Play right now for just $35 with three months of Netflix included. If you do the math, that means that existing Netflix users, who will be paying their bill either way, will get the Chromecast dongle for only $11 before a couple dollars for shipping. Chromecast may not feature a compleatly unheard of feature set, but its price sets it apart from the competition. I’ve already bought mine, how about you?

Update:

Amazon now has the Chromecast on sale for $35, with free shipping!

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • halo0

    Sick! Bought it!

  • Derek R-C

    How is this better than the RikoMagic?

    • halo0

      Seriously?

    • ZinniA

      You don’t need a separate remote like you need with Apple TV, Roku or Other devices which promise to make your TV viewing experience SMART. And you can even do other things on your serving device or you can put it to sleep and your video will keep playing on. No one even need to see which device you have, Its so tiny that you will not even notice that you have an additional device connected to your home HD TV. For more detail visit: http://outfresh.com/latest-technology/new-tech-devices/chrome-on-a-stick-google-chromecast/

  • Vance

    Those sold out fast :-(

    • SGB101

      It’s the Google play store, did u expect different! ;o)

    • GUI_Center

      Looks like they keep adding new inventory as I was able to add to cart. Did not buy it yet though,

      • kinderdm

        Don’t count on it. It let me add to my cart also but when I went to purchase I then got the message that they were out of inventory.

    • aranea

      try it again. At my first try it said out of inventory I refreshed and tried again and now I have the confirmation email. :)

  • SGB101

    Looks interesting, I’ve been looking at the android powered hdmi sticks since I cut the cord.

    May check one of these out wants available in the UK.

    I have the bluestacks gaming box on order, hoping it will double as a media player.

  • Mike C.

    And once again Google fails to notice the rest of the world … Apple TV is available here though …

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Since the Nexus Q was a huge flop, I’m sure Google wants to see if they can sell any here in the US before they start rolling millions of these off of the production line. If it’s a huge success, additional markets should come on line a lock sooner. I device like this can me manufactured in huge quantities in a very short amount of time.

      • sandwich

        Has nothing to do with this device specifically. Visitors from many, many countries get the dreaded “Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not available in your country yet. We’re working to bring devices to more countries as quickly as possible. Please check back again soon.” message – regardless of what they’re trying to access.

        • David

          Don’t worry. They don’t understand that it’s not just about Play Store.

          You can’t even visit US and buy one through Amazon, because the Chromecast app won’t install in your phone. The app “is not available in your country”.

          They don’t understand and don’t think logically because they don’t need to.

        • Balaram Vineeth Venugopal .P

          Yes, true look at the nexus 10 still not available in India.

      • aranea

        Part of it maybe due to lack of netflix in other countries.

        • David

          Please take a moment to evaluate what you said and research better.

    • Stars&Stripes

      NOBODY cares about the rest of the world

    • surethom

      Yes, give us a UK date as the UK & europe Are Androids number 1 region.

  • nivekkev

    So is this similar to a mhl device?

  • Mix

    Not in Canada yet :(

    • Dr.Carpy

      Agreed. When you consider the geographical locations of Canada and the United States, this gets annoying and frustrating. Google can’t dispute their lack of market share to Apple north of the border. When Apple launches things, it’s universal. When Google does, it’s a piecemeal. Grow up Google, this getting annoying.

      • Mix

        Totally!

        They could at least put a place holder date so the rest of the world knows when to expect it. Even the white Nexus 4 my wife wanted, I checked the stupid store every day for 3 weeks waiting and just gave up and ordered the normal version. They could have said it was US only to save me some time, they still got their money.

        They do need to learn a few things about releasing a new product.

        • Dr.Carpy

          Amen!! I growing weary of the US Only beta tests. For a multi billion dollar entity, they still act like they’re working out of an anonymous garage somewhere. Feel free to learn about or invest in logistics Google.

  • David Wilson

    About to buy an Apple TV box to use in my classroom to mirror my iPad. Would a lot rather use my Nexus 7 or Chromebook. Wonder if support to mirror Google Apps suite might be coming if not full mirroring.

    • Dustin Earley

      From what it seems, I can’t completely confirm since I do not have one yet, anything you use in the Chrome browser can be mirrored.

  • rsanchez1

    Why not make it a true second screen, any app can show up on Chromecast instead of just the media apps?

    If any app can show up on Chromecast, then why would you think of buying an Ouya?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I think that’s the whole point, but developers will have to play with the tech to see what’s actually possible. The idea behind this app is that it streams content from the web and the phone is simply the controller. If a developer wants to stream their app in this way, they will need a web app to do so.

  • halo0

    The one downside I see to this as compared to Google TV is that this is not a pass-through device. Meaning you will have to switch your television (or in my case home theater receiver since I use it for video switching) to a different input in order to “cast” anything. Kind of a hassle if you’re watching TV and want to watch a quick youtube vid or something… and definitely not as seamless as the promo videos would have you believe. I still think it’s worth it just for the simple ability of throwing google music to my receiver though.

  • xPurplexAnarchyx

    Sucks for me! I just ordered a Roku two days ago. I would buy this anyway if it supported Amazon Instant Video.

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com pryvateid

    So It’s only $35, no monthly fee? Besides if you have Netflix after 3 months? And it’s not gonna have HuluPlus? nor Amazon Instant Video?

  • Havoc70
    • halo0

      Son of bitch! Could’ve gotten free prime shipping!!!

      actually I was able to cancel the Play order. Saved me $6.09. Thanks!

    • aranea

      Thank you. I’ve just cancelled my play store order and placed an order on amazon.

  • aranea

    I’m excited about this device. I hope it lives to the hype.

  • Gram Mac

    not in canada yet that sucks i was gonna buy one

  • jamal adam

    This is simply brilliant by Google and getting 3 months worth of Netflix along with it reduces the price to like 15 or so dollars. Once developers start making their apps usable with chromecast this will be an even bigger thing. Also the fact that it will have chrome tabbed mirroring will be amazing. I’m excited for this. Well played Google, well played!!

  • donger

    $35, why not?

  • surethom

    How will this work using a laptop, can you play a movie from your c drive & sent it to your TV or will it just be from Chrome browser on Windows 7?

    This sounds a very very nice device & a nice price.

    Is it launching in the UK?

  • NasLAU

    Yes this is good for Android users but it won’t stop an ios person from buying an Apple TV with more functionality. If I’m not mistaken that can stream all your apps.

  • Vytautas

    Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not available in your country yet. :(((((

  • GreatOne

    It is available on Google Play right now… but no longer available on Amazon – for $35.

  • Jdre

    Apple needs to get on it with their Apple TV. Chromecast is going to be huge! GoogleTV pushed me to cancel my broadcast tv/cable package I think Chromecast is going to do much of the same for many others who didn’t want to go all in on GoogleTV.

    Bye bye, big 5 Media companies. Welcome to the home network.

  • sweet

    definitely have to get one

  • halo0

    Never got mine. Out of stock at amazon even though they said it was in stock when I ordered! A-holes.

  • Sam

    I bought one yesterday & tried to connect it last night & had problems. Got it set up with the home wifi & on the tv but the tablet would not connect to the chromecast to be able to do any viewing on the tv. Any ideas on how to get whats on the tablet to show up on the tv?

  • Peter

    How can I add ChromeCast to a second laptop? My wife has an older laptop where I downloaded ChromeCast and it keeps losing the signal to the tv.
    Thanks