Chrome Unveils the Chromecast, an HDMI Stick for Streaming Video
The Chromecast looks a bit like a cross between a Google TV, a Nexus Q, and some
HDMI sticks that run XBMC that we've seen before
The video or music plays directly from the web without going through your phone or tablet first. Even if you decide to do something else with your phone, or if someone else needs to control playback with their phone instead, your movies or music keep playing without interruption. You can toggle between your phone and the TV easily, or build shared playlists with
The Chromecast will also work directly with Chrome on the desktop, which will get a ""cast"" button for the toolbar that will push whatever's in your current tab directly to the TV. You'll be able to continue using your desktop while your tab is being projected, even if you open a new tab and keep working.
In the demo, one person used their Android phone,
The Chromecast is available to purchase now from the Google Play Store (and it'll be available at Amazon and
Chromecast | Google Play