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Will You Get Google Chromecast?

Submitted by on July 25, 2013 – 8:58 amOne Comment

Yesterday, Google unveiled the Google Chromecast, an HDMI dongle that will bring internet functionality to any HDTV.

(Fun Fact: a “dongle” is a device that attaches to a computer to control an application.)

The sleek, key-chain sized device reportedly has devoted functionality for YouTube, Netflix, Google Play, Google Music, and a modified version of Chrome. The Chrome support should enable viewing capability for pretty much any content on the internet. The content on the screen will then be controlled through apps for smartphone and tablet.

The Chromecast is similar in purpose to the Apple TV. That larger peripheral offers support for many more apps, like Hulu and iTunes, but also retails for $99.

The Google device is available for $35, and can be ordered immediately from Google Play (supposedly to be shipped in 1-2 days) with three free months of Netflix included. It will be available at retailers like Best Buy next week.

Personally, I think this device is a steal. I’m sure that this technology will advance rapidly, but for now, this seems to be the best option for simple, cheap TV/internet integration.

What do you think? Will you buy the Chromecast?

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