Google’s new $35 Chromecast dongle is a simple, inexpensive new way to bring internet video from your PC, phone or tablet to your TV.
But the Chromecast’s biggest challenge is providing a legitimate alternative to Apple’s AirPlay, which has set the standard for quick and easy streaming from a mobile device, says The Verge. While rival technologies like DLNA and Miracast have tried and failed to compete with Apple’s system, Chromecast may a real chance.
The Verge produced this comparison chart. AirPlay is supported by many more apps and services, like Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and MLB.TV. Chromecast is starting off with a much smaller list of supported apps that’s highlighted by Netflix and YouTube, but promises more partners (including Pandora). Chromecast’s ability to stream video from Google’s web browser and Android devices is a big plus.
Chromecast will work across more platforms and operating systems, including Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and Google Chrome on Windows and OS X. Google’s dongle plugs into a monitor’s HDMI port and uses 2.4 GHz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with a Marvell DE3005-A1 chip.