Today Google announced Chromecast. The Chromecast is a TV dongle that can stream online videos from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop to your TV. The Chromecast has a similar user interface as Chrome OS. The Chromecast dongle can be plugged into the HDMI port of a TV. The Chromecast can be auto-discovered by apps like the YouTube application on a mobile device. Playlists can be set up through the Chromecast. The device has similar functionality as the Google TV.
Chromecast can play content from the cloud so users can change to a different application or turn off their mobile devices while playback on the TV continues to happen. Chromecast users can switch between different devices. Remote control capabilities can be synced between different remote devices.
Chromecast works with Android and iOS devices along with laptops powered by the Chrome operating system. It can be used within multiple applications like YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play Movies. Pandora and Google Play Music is compatible with Chromecast as well.
Google Cast SDK: Google will allow the developers to set up the same functionality through the Google Cast SDK.
Price/Availability: The Chromecast dongle sells for $35 and will be shipped within 1-2 days.
Netflix Deal: New and existing Netflix users will get three free months of the service when buying a Chromecast. This means that the cost of Chromecast for a house that already uses Netflix is actually $11 when considering the savings involved.