Chromecast is a Digital Media player developed by Google. It is 72mm HDMI dongle which functions to play audio and video content on High-Definition displays directly by streaming through Wi-Fi from the local network or internet itself.
Chromecast was announced on July 24, 2013, and made available for purchase on the same day in the United States for US$35, along with a limited-time promotion for three free months. There have been 10 million units sold since 2014. At the time of Chromecast’s launch, four compatible apps were available: YouTube and Netflix were supported as Android, iOS, and Chrome web apps while Google Play Music and Google Play Movies & TV were also supported, but originally only as Android apps.
Measuring 2.83 inches (72 mm), Chromecast is a dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of a high-definition television or monitor, while the power is supplied by connecting the device’s micro-USB port to an external power supply or a USB port. The device connects to the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection of the user’s local network. Chromecast offers two methods to stream content to a television: the first employs mobile apps and web apps that support the Google Cast technology and the second allows mirroring of content displayed on the web browser, Google Chrome running on a personal computer, as well as on some Android devices. In both cases, playback is initiated through the “cast” button on the controlling device. If the television’s HDMI ports support the Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature, pressing the cast button will also result in the Chromecast automatically switching the television’s active audio/video input.
It contains 512 MB DDR3L RAM with 2GB storage capacity while weighting 34grams (1.2oz). Chromecast contains the Marvell 88DE3005 (Armada 1500-mini) system on a chip, which includes codecs for hardware decoding of the VP8 and H.264 video compression formats. At the introductory press conference, Hugo Barra, then Google’s Vice President of Android product management, said that “Chromecast is running a simplified version of Chrome OS.” Chromecast uses the mDNS (multicast Domain Name System) protocol to search for available devices on a Wi-Fi network.
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