What Is Google Chromecast?

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Google Chromecast plugs into your Television and grants you easy access to a wide range of streaming services, from YouTube, Netflix to Google Play.

Google Chromecast is a cheap and straightforward way to watch the very best of video content directly from your TV. But let’s quickly find out what Chromecast is.

Simply put: We can say chromecast ($35) is one of the very best streaming devices. Once it is plugged into your TV, you are granted easy access to multiple streaming services, from Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube to Google Play.

You can even view content from your Chrome browser to the TV screen. However, Chromecast does not work the same way as its competitor devices such as Roku or Apple TV.

These FAQs will keep you up to speed on the Chromecast and help you decide if it’s right for you.

Also, it is best to keep an eye out for sales as the year runs out. Chromecast gadgets are quite costly and do not go on sale too often. But anything can happen; perhaps with Stadia on coming soon, Google might want to roll our more Chromecasts than usual.

Question 1. What is Chromecast?

Answer: Chromecast is a small device that can be plugged into your Television’s HDMI port, powered by a USB cable.

Using your computer or smartphone as a remote control, you can access video content from Hulu, Netflix, Google Play Store, YouTube, and many others with your Chromecast.

With your Chromecast, you can also stream almost all types of content from the Chrome browser on a desktop computer or a laptop.

Question 2. What is the major difference between the Chromecast and the Chromecast Ultra?

Answer: There are two types of Chromecast. For the regular Chromecast, the cost is $35 and broadcasts content at about 1080p. For the Chromecast Ultra, the price is $70 and transmits content at about 4K resolutions with HDR color technology.

When it comes to channel selection and general functionality, both devices are identical. It is worth noting, however, that the Chromecast Ultra has an inbuilt port for an Ethernet cable, but it also needs an external power source, instead of a USB connection built into your TV.

Question 3: What can I watch on Chromecast?

Answer: Chromecast gives you full access to both video and audio content from a wide range of services. Google keeps track of most of the content available on its official site, even though they have no comprehensive list.

Since Google first released its software development kit for Chromecast, there has been a surge of new apps in the app market so that you can keep an eye out for great apps.

Question 4: Can I control Chromecast with my voice?

Answer: Yes, that is possible. Before now, you would have to route your Chromecast commands via a Google Home device, but things have changed, and you can now give vocal commands directly through Google Assistant.

Google owns complete Chromecast setup instructions, which you might not need because the functionality is quite self-explanatory.

Once you connect your Chromecast and your device to one network, and if you want to cast music and videos to your Television with just some words.

Question 5: Can I travel with a Chromecast?

Answer: Because the Chromecast comes in small size and it is easy setup, it may seem like an option for frequent travelers. However, it is so sad that the Chromecast device does not support captive portals — networks that need browser-based logins.

For this reason, the Chromecast is not so useful in most universities and hotels. Still, if you decide to take your Chromecast everywhere you go and get a Wi-Fi network without needing a captive portal, changing your login details is not so difficult.

Question 6: Are there any Chromecast alternatives?

Answer: Yes, there are, but it depends on how much you are willing to spend. With a $30, Roku Express, you will also be allowed to stream great content to your TV via the device’s design is not as great as the Chromecast’s generally.

An alternative is Apple TV, and it costs $150 and works much like the Roku box, but it can also stream content such as games from your iPad or iPhone to your TV. If you will like to stream content via a PS4 or Xbox One, but these devices are quite expensive.

Question 7: How does Google Stadia work with Chromecast?

Answer: Google Stadia, which is the tech giant’s game-streaming service, has launched in November, and Chromecast is the only way to play Stadia games on your television for now.

Unless, of course, you decide to completely eliminate the middleman and attach a laptop or computer to your TV set.

These are the commonly asked questions about Google Chromecast. We hope that you found these answers helpful, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below if you have suggestions or questions you’d like to ask.

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Ella Romena is a content writer, sociologist and Anthropologist who lives in Benin-city.

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