Google: What is a Chromecast, what is it for and how many versions are there?

Google launched Chromecast in 2013, a video player that turns any HD television into a Smart TV device.

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The Chromecast is a device created by Google , which makes it easier for users to have different applications and the Internet on televisions that are not smart. 

This tool has been evolving since its launch in 2013.

In this guide, we will tell what a Chromecast is and how it works , as well as mention some models of the tools that allow many people to turn their HD television into a smart television.

What is Google Chromecast?

The Google company launched in 2013 the device called Chromecast , which allows its users to watch gaming, video and streaming applications even though it does not have the options of a Smart TV phone.

Chromecast gives the user the option to send the screen of the mobile, tablet or laptop to the television, without having to connect cables or large and expensive devices. This device allows to impart devices connected to the same WiFi network.

What is the function of Chromecast?

The conventional model works through DLNA technology , which connects two devices to the same network, while Miracast uses a Wifi Direct to connect two Android devices . Both technologies come together and give way to Google Cast, which allows you to join the phone or another device at the same time and give the center of remote playback to the user.

The uses of the Chromecast

  • Listen to music
  • Lets do a karaoke
  • Playing video games
  • Watch YouTube
  • Watch video on streaming platforms
  • listen to podcasts
  • Allows you to display photos

The Chromecast Models

Some models of the Chromecast are mentioned below.

Google Chromecast with Google TV

It has a resolution up to 4K with HDR, in addition, it works with a Google TV operating system. It can control smart home devices and has its own remote control, which includes the Google Assistant. Read our review here.

Google Chromecast 3

It has HD playback quality up to 1080p, it does not have a physical control to manage the content of the TV. It comes in two colors, which are black and white. The only downside is that it doesn’t make the TV smart, if you don’t have a phone or tablet in between.

The Chromecast Ultra

At its launch in 2016, it was rumored that it would allow viewing content in 4K resolution on the Netflix streaming platform, however, it left the market in 2020. It was replaced by Chromecast with Google TV.