What is Chromecast?
Google Chromecast is a device from Google that casts visual media content from mobile devices right on to the television screen. The device needs to be plugged into the HDMI port on your TV and, with your Android phones, tablets, iPhones, iPads, Macs and Windows laptops, you can enjoy your favorite entertainment media and apps on the big screen. Furthermore, while the content is being played on the TV, the user can multitask on their mobile device without interrupting the video playback. For example, a user can search for a video on their phone’s YouTube application and then watch it on their TV via a Google Cast device while they are browsing through other information on the Internet.
Chromecast is not only useful in streaming videos and photos from phone, but also very handy in playing multiplayer games with family and friends.
There are mainly three features highlighted this year for Google Chromecast:
- Guest Mode: Chromecast allows guests to cast on Chromecast without connecting to Wi-Fi, thus you don’t need to share your Wi-Fi password with anyone. When the guest mode is activated, Chromecast emits special Wi-Fi beacon, and when the application is launched in phone, it detects that beacon and cast icon is shown in app.
- Backdrop: Google is introducing a new feature called Backdrop that lets you customize this idle screen. You can choose what photos you want to see using categories you like (Art, Places, Lifestyle, and others) or show your own personal photos. You can also add news and weather to your backdrops for a constant feed of information.
- Screen Mirroring: Chromecast will be able to mirror the screen from your phone. By going to the Chromecast app on Android, you can cast your phone or tablet’s screen straight to your TV so that you can watch anything.