At its event yesterday, Google announced Chromecast. A $35 HDMI dongle that lets users “cast” content from their nearby devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers to the TV. By no means is Chromecast itself a “smart TV,” it doesn’t come with TV centric apps. Its just a dongle that lets users mirror the content from their devices. On the other hand, Google TV is a full fledged smart TV solution, and the company has confirmed that it will be getting Chromecast support soon through an update.
The announcement was made by Warren Rehman of Google. No exact date for this update, which will bring Chromecast support, has been given as yet. It remains to be seen how Google TV and Chromecast will work together, considering the fact that there are some Google TV set-top boxes that have media server applications pre-installed. These applications allow streaming of content via DLNA. Any fears that Google might be reconsidering its stance on Google TV should be dissipated for now, though with Chromecast, the company has presented a cheap alternative to expensive set-top boxes for those users who simply want to mirror content from their devices on their TVs.