Chromecast

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Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google.wikipedia
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Google Cast

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The devices, designed as small dongles, enable users with a mobile device or personal computer to play Internet-streamed audio-visual content on a high-definition television or home audio system through mobile and web apps that support the Google Cast technology.
The protocol was first launched on July 24, 2013, to support Google's first-generation Chromecast player.

Google Chrome

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Alternatively, content can be mirrored from the Google Chrome web browser running on a personal computer, as well as from the screen of some Android devices.
Because of this success, Google has expanded the "Chrome" brand name to other products: Chrome OS, Chromecast, Chromebook, Chromebit, Chromebox, and Chromebase.

Dongle

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The devices, designed as small dongles, enable users with a mobile device or personal computer to play Internet-streamed audio-visual content on a high-definition television or home audio system through mobile and web apps that support the Google Cast technology.
In the mid-to-late 2010s, the dongle form factor was extended to digital media players with a small, stick-like form factor — such as Chromecast and Fire TV Stick — that are designed to plug directly into an HDMI port on a television or AV receiver (powered via Micro USB connection to the television itself or an AC adapter), in contrast to a larger set-top box-style device.

Google

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Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google.
In July 2013, Google introduced the Chromecast dongle, that allows users to stream content from their smartphones to televisions.

Marvell Technology Group

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It contains the Marvell Armada 1500-mini 88DE3005 system on a chip running an ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
Google's Chromecast products are powered by Marvell SoCs.

Just Dance Now

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Google has published case studies documenting Chromecast integration by Comedy Central, Just Dance Now, Haystack TV and Fitnet.
The app version instead uses an internet connection to the Just Dance Now website through either a television, a computer, a laptop, a tablet, a Chromecast or a Apple TV.

Google Home

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The app manages other Google Cast-supported devices, including the Google Home smart speaker.
For example, multiple speakers can be placed in different rooms at a location for synchronised playback of music; an update in April 2017 brought multi-user support, allowing the device to distinguish between up to six people by voice; in May 2017, Google announced multiple updates, including: free hands-free phone calling in Canada and the United States, proactive updates ahead of scheduled events, visual responses on mobile devices or Chromecast-enabled televisions, Bluetooth audio streaming, and the ability to add reminders and calendar appointments.

TOSLINK

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Video-capable Chromecasts plug into the HDMI port of a high-definition television or monitor, while the audio-only model outputs sound through its integrated 3.5 millimeter audio jack/mini-TOSLINK socket.
Many laptop computer and portable digital audio equipment models, such as the Google Chromecast Audio device and Apple AirPort Express and iPod Hi-Fi, use these connectors that allow for the insertion of 3.5 mm analog (electrical) headphone output or microphone input or mini-TOSLINK digital (optical) output.

VP8

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The SoC includes codecs for hardware decoding of the VP8 and H.264 video compression formats.
Marvell's ARMADA 1500-mini chipset has VP8 SD and HD hardware decoding support (used in Chromecast).

HBO Go

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While that admonition remained in force, Chromecast-enabled applications for Hulu Plus and Pandora Radio were released in October 2013, and HBO Go in November.
In October 2011, Roku streaming players became the first television-connected devices to support the service, and availability was later rolled out to the Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation consoles, Samsung Smart TVs, and Xbox consoles.

Google TV

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Subsequently, a team of hackers reported that the device is "more Android than ChromeOS" and appears to be adapted from software embedded in Google TV.
Google TV was succeeded in June 2014 by Android TV, a newer platform which shares closer ties with the Android platform and has a revamped user experience integrating with Knowledge Graph, and providing casting support from mobile devices.

Discovery and Launch

Chromecast previously used the DIAL (Discovery and Launch) protocol, co-developed by Netflix and YouTube.
It was formerly used by the Chromecast media streaming adapter that was introduced in July 2013 by Google.

Hulu

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While that admonition remained in force, Chromecast-enabled applications for Hulu Plus and Pandora Radio were released in October 2013, and HBO Go in November.
The $44.99-per-month service – which provides support for Xbox One, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices – offers live streams of more than 50 broadcast and cable-originated channels, including feeds of the five major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW – as well as cable channels owned by Hulu co-parents NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company, along with CBS Corporation, Turner Broadcasting System, Scripps Networks Interactive and A+E Networks (encompassing networks such as CNN, Food Network, Disney Channel, A&E, MSNBC and ESPN), with the Showtime OTT service available as an add-on for an extra fee.

Google Play

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The device quickly sold out on Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and Google Play, and within 24 hours, the Netflix promotion was ended because of high demand.
Google Play, before March 2015, had a Devices section for users to purchase Google Nexus devices, Chromebooks, Chromecasts, other Google-branded hardware, and accessories.

Google Play Movies & TV

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At the time of Chromecast's launch, four compatible apps were available: YouTube and Netflix were supported as Android, iOS, and Chrome web apps; Google Play Music and Google Play Movies & TV were also supported, but originally only as Android apps.
In order to view content on a television, users can either connect their computer to a TV with an HDMI cable, use the Google Play Movies & TV app available for select smart TVs from LG and Samsung as well as Roku devices, stream content through the Chromecast dongle, through the YouTube app on Amazon Fire TV devices, or through Android TV.

Nexus Q

Some of the Nexus Q's concepts were repurposed for a more-successful device known as Chromecast, which similarly allows users to wirelessly queue content for playback using functions found in supported apps, but is designed as a smaller HDMI dongle with support for third-party services.

Android TV

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The Verge characterized it as being more in line with other digital media player platforms, but leveraging Google's Knowledge Graph project, Chromecast compatibility, a larger emphasis on search, closer ties to the Android ecosystem (including Google Play Store and integration with other Android families such as Android Wear), and focusing on supporting video games on the platform with support for Bluetooth gamepads and the Google Play Games framework.

Comparison of digital media players

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Google Play Music

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At the time of Chromecast's launch, four compatible apps were available: YouTube and Netflix were supported as Android, iOS, and Chrome web apps; Google Play Music and Google Play Movies & TV were also supported, but originally only as Android apps.
Google Play Music was one of the first four apps compatible with Google's Chromecast digital media player that launched in July 2013.

Chromebit

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Chromebits have a superficial resemblance to the Chromecast, another Google device.

BBC iPlayer

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On March 18, 2014, Google released the Chromecast to 11 new markets, including the UK, Germany and Canada with the BBC iPlayer enabled for UK users.

Apple TV

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Days later, Amazon.com announced that it would ban the sale of Chromecast and Apple TV devices, presumably because they compete with Amazon's own Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
A market survey published by Parks Associates in December 2014 found that Apple TV has lost consumer traction to Google Chromecast, garnering only a 17% market share.

Amazon Fire TV

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Days later, Amazon.com announced that it would ban the sale of Chromecast and Apple TV devices, presumably because they compete with Amazon's own Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The move followed a four-year dispute between Google and Amazon in which Amazon stopped selling Chromecast devices and Google pulled YouTube from Amazon Fire TV.

Stick PC

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On July 24 2013, Google introduced the Google Chromecast, a streaming device similar in function and design to a stick PC.

Digital media player

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Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google.