Google Chromecast: The Best $35 You Can Spend
Let’s be honest here — in a world of crowdfunding campaigns and half-wit ideas that somehow make it “big,” there’s no shortage of people (or companies) who will gladly take your money. More often than not, however, the item in question is either A) more expensive than it should be, or 2) underwhelming. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s hard to find a new, innovative and affordable gadget these days.
Then Google’s Chromecast came along and changed everything
At this point, this magnificent HDMI dongle has been out for just a touch over six months, and its usefulness continues to grow on a regular basis. It started with just a handful of apps (Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Music, Play Movie and Hulu Plus), but for just $35 its value was almost instantly apparent. From there, support expanded to HBO GO, Pandora, Plex and several other popular apps. While it seemed to just keep getting better, one thing was missing: a way for any developer to add Chromecast support to their application.
Then, Google decided the time had come to open up Chromecast. It released an SDK, which allows developers to not only bring Chromecast support to their apps, but also unlock new and interesting ways for end-users to take advantage of the device. A few applications have already utilized this tool, like AllCast, for example. This application allows locally-stored movies, music, and images to be beamed to Chromecast (and a handful of other devices, as well). The developers of DayFrame — an app that turns any tablet into a digital photo frame — have also added Chromecast support to their application.
And really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. According to Wikipedia, several other developers are currently working on bringing support for casting to their applications, as well. Twitch.tv, Redbox Instant, Vevo and many others will soon be available on your TV instead of on the tiny screen of a mobile phone or tablet. Which is undeniably the best way to watch content, anyway. It’s what TVs were made for, after all.
At this point, it’s hard not to justify owning at least one Chromecast, especially for cord cutters. It’s easily the best $35 you’ll ever spend on a tech gadget (at least for the foreseeable future anyway). What are you waiting for?