so what the heck is a Chromecast? well, the easiest way to understand what this little guy is about is to think of it as Google’s answer to Apple TV and AirPlay. it plugs right into your HDMI port of your HDTV and enables you to wirelessly stream, or in this case “cast” online content from your phone, tablet or laptop to your TV and your device is your remote that will allows you to play and pause, control the volume, and the likes. the Chromecast works with a suite of apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, with more apps to be supported in time to come (Pandora, anyone?). what makes the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player stands out from the horde of Android streaming media player is (or any streaming media player for that matter) is its ability to multitask, which means you can execute task like firing off emails, surf the web et cetera – all while still enjoying your cast on the TV.
but it does not restrict itself to just media streaming – it will also allows you to project any browser tab to your TV so that you can share your findings with the big group instead of squeezing over a tiny device. how cool is that? and for geeks like us, the deal sweetener is, the Chromecast will work across myriad of platforms, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Windows, with more platforms joining the bandwagon soon. it is definitely music to our ears and our question is: will it kill off third-party offerings? the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player will be available for just $35 a pop. catch a few more look and a product introduction video after the break.