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Google Chromecast: Incredible £20 smart TV system revealed!

The Gadget Show  Thursday 25 July 2013

Google Chromecast: Incredible £20 smart TV system revealed!

Move aside Apple TV, Google’s got a tiny smart dongle on the way that will let you beam over online videos from your laptop or smartphone directly to your TV in full HD 1080p goodness. Say hello to Google Chromecast, the low-cost device that will grant any telly smart TV powers. Is this your new media slinger of choice?

The tiny two-inch dongle plugs straight into one of your free HDMI ports and it’s powered up via USB from either a power plug or a USB port on your telly. Along with its small size, it’s also got a similarly tiny price: it’ll set you back $35 (£22) to grant your TV smart powers, along with three months free of Netflix, which is a bargain compared to the Apple TV, although the functionality is slightly different.

It works similarly to Apple’s AirPlay, where you sling over videos from your device of choice through a supported app and then your movie watching or YouTube devouring can commence – only the Chromecast pulls down videos via Wi-Fi from the web, rather than from your device, so you can carry on browsing to your heart’s content. It’s set to support Android and iOS gadgets, alongside your Mac or PC that’s running Chrome, although there’s no sign of Windows Phone 8 support at the moment.

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Google’s focusing heavily on its own assortment of apps for the big screen, including YouTube, Google Play Movies and Google Play Music as well as Netflix. There’s also more apps set to supported on the way, such as online radio service Pandora, and you can expect the library to grow as the search giant has launched a software development kit for app makers to take advantage of.

It’s starting to roll out in the States already, but there’s currently no word on an international launch just yet – although you can expect it to land over here pretty soon. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out more.

Are you interested in Google’s Chromecast, or are you sticking with your Apple TV? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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