|By Bob Gourley||
|September 9, 2013 01:09 PM EDT||
Google’s Chromecast, which was released this past month, has found much success in today’s fiscally conscious market. Chromecast is about the size of a thumb drive and plugs into the HDMI port on most updated television sets. This little device is supposed to allow you to send video from your computer and iOS or Android device straight to your TV. In turn your Android or iOS device then acts as a remote control for your television.
As a big supporter of Android and Chrome I was very excited about this new device. You can push your YouTube from your phone to your TV, and it can even play Netflix. There is even easy access to the beloved Google Play Store. It only takes three steps to set up your Chromecast: plug it into your HDMI port, connect to your WIFI, and send streaming content to your TV. The Chromecast kind of reminds me of a Roku, but much smaller and without a remote control. I purchased a Roku before the Chromecast was released, and now I wish I had waited an extra week so I could have given the Chromecast a chance.
There is one thing that I am a little irked about with the Google Chromecast, and that is the fact that they oversold the capabilities of the new device. It was expected that users could stream local media such as pictures and homemade videos like Apple TV, but it didn’t turn out quite like that. When this feature wasn’t available on the device, an application called AllCast was released to bridge the gap. Then this weekend, the developer of AllCast announced that Google removed his application from the Google Play store. This news got many Chromecast users up in arms, but Google was quick to respond to this announcement. Google released a statement saying,
“We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It’s still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available.”
So it looks like Google isn’t set on completely avoiding this communication between devices, like it boasted about during the device’s launch, but rather they are waiting until the SDK technology is completely ready to released. So unfortunately it will be a bit of a wait before you are able to seamlessly stream your own media to your TV.
If I were you I wouldn’t discredit Google quite yet. They are still a major contender in the technology market and with a little time I expect that Chromecast will be up and running flawlessly. I know that I am definitely going to be keeping my eye on the Chromecast, it has a lot of potential for greater success.
To read more about Chromecast, click here.
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