WSJ: Google TV – $35 Chromecast Device
WOW! Here’s a $35 alternative to Roku and Apple’s Air-Play! Watch internet video on your TV thru your PC, mac, i-phone, or android.
The search giant unveiled a $35 device to wirelessly connect TVs to mobile devices so that people can view and listen to Web content on their biggest screens.
Google joins Apple Inc.,AAPL +0.57% MicrosoftCorp. MSFT +0.73% and others in the race to bring more Web content to the TV screen, which has remained a big focal point of home entertainment even as tablet computers and smartphones have commanded a greater share of consumers’ time.
Google’s new two-inch TV device, called Chromecast, looks like a thumb drive, plugs into the HDMI port of a TV and can be controlled by a person’s mobile device or laptop using a wireless Internet connection.
The device, which is compatible with mobile devices powered by Google’s Android software as well as Apple iPhones and iPads, went on sale Wednesday at BestBuy.com, Amazon.com and the Google Play online store.