A Chromecast in every home
Imagine having to queue your film on a streaming service then use a gaming device to play the movie on your TV. Tedious, right? Well, this was actually the inspiration for Google Home - Google’s app to optimize the selection and management of your different content streaming services. This mobile application controls your Chromecast device and displays your favorite film, series, and websites on your television. Basically turning your Android or iOS phone into a remote. The device-application combination is your low-cost solution to streaming anywhere, anytime.
The leading application for casting videos and music
Google Home all-encompassing features have made it an unbeatable streaming service.
Before downloading Google Home on your smartphone, you have to understand how Chromecast works. The video-capable model should be plugged into the HDMI port and requires internet through Wi-Fi connection. Meeting these requirements are essential to choosing which Chromecast model you will purchase. The Third Generation is compatible with most devices as it supports 1080p video at 60fps or less. The latest model, Chromecast Ultra, supports 4k resolution content and high-dynamic range in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats. You can also plug your monitor into an Ethernet port to accommodate the fast network speeds required to stream HD content. Ultra also runs 1.8x faster than previous models, primarily because you need to plug it into a wall outlet. So, neither the Third Generation or the Ultra version is better than the other. The fun will really all depend on your bandwidth ability to stream.
Onto the big screen
You can always trust Google to take a minimalist approach to the interface. The Google Home app is no exception. The home page appears clutter-free even if it displays all the features you need right on your screen. It is also the simplest and easiest proprietary protocol of any streaming hardware. It’s because Chromecast adjusts to your current operating system. Whether you’re an Android or Apple user, you can smoothly control your Chromecast experience right from your phone or tablet.
Unlike screen mirroring, Google Home is a bridge between your smartphone and Chromecast. The app instructs the device to pick a signal directly from your streaming service. For example, you’re planning on binging a series on Netflix. All you need to do is open the series on the app, press ‘Cast,’ and it should immediately play on your TV. Once its playing, you can pause, rewind, fast forward and adjust the volume right on your phone. It’s an easy-to-follow and straightforward way of setting up. So, don’t worry if this is your first time using the device. Your movie marathon is just a few clicks away.
Content for days
Just about every major video and audio provider is compatible with Google Home. Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, HBO Go/Now, PlayStation Vue - you name it, Gogole Home can play it. Along with the entertainment outlets, you can also display your Google Photos on TV, listen to Google Play Music or even show off your extensive library of Google Play Movies. These features come in handy at parties or large gatherings when you want your media to go off without a hitch.
Where can you run this program?
Google Home's application is compatible with recent versions of Android and iOS smartphones, starting with Android 5.0 and iOS 10.1. The app works with all Google devices including Chromecast (3rd Gen), Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio as well as TVs and speakers with Chromecast already built-in.
Is there a better alternative?
Leading amongst its competitors is Amazon Fire TV. The streaming service is similar to Chromecast in that it is also affordable and easy-to-use. The device works together with the same websites as Chromecast but with the addition of Amazon Prime TV. It stands out from other applications by offering a range of video games. But Chromecast is still the clear winner since Fire TV is controlled by Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa.
Google Home is leading the way for future streaming services. It has all the features you need for a convenient night of binging series, movies, and music. Best of all, Chromecast is incredibly affordable. It’s a great addition to any home - whether you live alone, with family or with friends.
Should you download it?
Yes! it offers abundant offers for your personal entertainment in the comfort of your home.
- Phone-based interface
- Fast Performance
- Compatible with major providers
- Sometimes lags