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Chromecast - the digital media player Google, designed for streaming video or audio content via Wi-Fi from the Internet or a local network. The device was presented July 24, 2013 in the US for $ 35.
Chromecast was built on chip Marvell 88DE3005 (Armada 1500-mini), which implements hardware decoding of video compression formats VP8 and H.264. Wireless communication is implemented on a chip
AzureWave NH-387 Wi-Fi, which supports standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (2.4GHz). The device has 512 MB of RAM Micron DDR3L and 2GB of flash memory. device length - 72 mm.
Chromecast works on a simplified version of the Chrome OS. Operating system updates are downloaded automatically without notice. To send Chromecast media content using DIAL protocol developed jointly by Netflix and YouTube companies.
Chromecast is connected to the TV HDMI-port, power is supplied by connecting through a micro-USB port to an external power adapter or to USB-port of the TV. The device connects to the user's home network and the Internet via Wi-Fi. To use the device user to select content from the Google Chrome web browser on your PC or in supported applications on the mobile device. Media content is streaming through the Chromecast in a way that allows you to use your mobile device for other tasks, for example to answer incoming calls.
It works through an application for Android and, iOS, installed in Google Chrome web apps for Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS. The image quality depends on the processing power of the computer.
Content that uses Silverlight and QuickTime plug-ins, is not fully supported.
Google released the software development tools «Google Cast SDK», allowing developers to make their applications compatible with Chromecast.