Back in the middle of 2013, Google announced the Chromecast. The HDMI dongle back then was an interesting device which allowed users to attach it to their TVs via the HDMI port and mirror the content on their phones or tablets while allowing remote control via their mobile devices. It was also priced at a very affordable $35.
Like we said it was an interesting device, but as it turns out not only is it interesting, it is a huge hit. According to Google’s Chief Business Officer Omid Kordenstani, it seems that based on research done by the NPD Group, the Chromecast is the number one streaming device in the US, and it seems that the Cast button has since been pressed a whopping 1 billion times since it was launched about one and a half years ago.
Is this all that surprising? Hardly. Back in 2014, Google announced that they had since managed to sell millions of Chromecast devices which is pretty impressive. The device has also managed to make its way into international markets where it turns out that they are pretty popular in Europe as well.
Since then rival companies have created similar devices of their own, such as Amazon with their Fire TV Stick, Roku and their Roku Stick, and Xiaomi recently launched the Mi Box Mini which while slightly different in application, pretty much offers up similar features as well.