At its press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Google announced a new device to help bring content from Android, iOS and Chrome devices to TV screens, attacking Apple TV and Roku in the process. The device, called "Chromecast," runs a simplified version of Chrome OS and connects directly to a TV through the HDMI port; you can then beam the content of your smartphone directly to the Chromecast, as long as you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
The device allows users to wirelessly send 1080p content from services like Pandora, Google Music, YouTube and Netflix from their iOS, Android or Chrome devices to their TV screens; other apps will follow, as Google has opened up the functionality to developers, meaning that any app could hypothetically take advantage of Chromecast.
Unlike Apple’s Airplay feature, Chromecast doesn’t mirror the device's display, allowing users to put their device to sleep without interrupting the stream on the television. Android, iOS and Chrome devices can also be used as remote controls to turn the TV on, raise the volume and add more videos to a streaming queue, all without interrupting the video stream.
Chromecast is available now through Google Play, Amazon and Best Buy for $35. Early adopters will be given three months of Netflix service for free (for new and existing subscribers) with their purchase.
This article was originally published on BGR.com
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