Google unveils Chromecast, allowing users to stream content from YouTube, Netflix and Pandora onto their televisions
Google has launched a new product which allows users to stream content from a tablet, smartphone or computer onto a nearby television. "The average household has three televisions," said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at a Google event in San Francisco, saying that many of these users have problems streaming content from their phones, tablets, and laptops to their televisions. To solve this problem Google build a new product for chrome and created a small dongle, priced at $35, which plugs into a television’s HDMI input. To stream content from a phone, tablet, or computer, a new ‘Cast’ button now appears on apps like YouTube to push the content to televisions. Other apps supporting Chromecast include Netflix, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music, and Pandora. The device can be ordered from today, Wednesday 24 July, however upon the announcement the device sold out. Google also unveiled a new Nexus 7 tablet which is a few millimeters thinner and narrower, with a better screen, camera and RAM storage than the previous model. The new tablet will also ship with Android 4.3, the newest version of Jelly Bean which has ‘Restricted Profiles’ to allow apps to be restricted on a user-level and behave differently based on the active user.