Google Chromecast Launch in India at Rs.2999

Hi everyone, now TechSlates came forward to reveal almost everything about Google Chromecast. Google has launched its streaming device, Chromecast into the Indian digital markets on December 10, 2014 after its first release in the U.S in June of 2013. Google almost took 18 months to have its device get launched into second most populous country, India. 

Google set the device’s price at Rs. 2999. Google released the product in partnership with Bharti Airtel, Snapdeal and Eros Now in the Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF – 2014) Event, in commence from December 10 – 12, 2014. As promotional offers, Bharti Airtel is providing its current customers 20 GB of data free per month for 3 months on broadband plans and exempting Rs.1000 subscription fee from its new customers.

Snapdeal is providing free home delivery including cash on delivery option. Eros Now is permitting the buyers with free full access to its channel videos for 2 months. Thus the Internet giant joined the hands of the leaders in three distinct arenas of service.

The giant is set to make its footprint once again in the Indian markets after its first footprint in the form of Android One Program, launched in the October of 2014, to aid the handset manufacturers like Micromax to make their phones compatible with Android OS. Now, TechSlates unveils all features related to Google Chromecast device.

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Google Chromecast Launch in India:

What is Google Chromecast ?

 

Google Chrome cast image Perspective Views

Google Chrome cast image Perspective Views

Google Chromecast is a streaming HDMI adapter/device that enables the users tostream content from Internet accessible devices such as laptops, tablets or smart phones to the Digital/HD LCD/LED TVs with HDMI support using the Wireless – Fidelity [Wi-Fi] services of the internet driving devices. The Streaming content must be from specific compatible tie-ups such as Youtube, Google Play Movies, Eros Now,YuppTv, Spuul, Starz, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu Plus[not in India] etc.,Visit Listof apps Supporting Google Chromecast for more apps. Chromecast users can use only Google Chrome browser to stream any videos on the internet using Chromecast tab extension (beta version), but it suffers from small casting latency.  Moreover, in case of smart phones Android OS based mobile phones work at ease with Google Chromecast when compared with others.

Features of Google Chromecast:

 
Type of Media Streaming Wireless – IEEE 802.11a Standard – Wi-Fi Ready
Weight 34 gms
Dimensions 7.2 X 3.5 X 1.2 cms3
Compatibility Digital /HD TVs
Video Resolution Standard Definition
HD Compatibility HD Built-in HDTV/ATSC Tuner
Supported File Formats wma
Ports HDMI, Micro USB

 

How to buy Google Chromecast ?

            Google made its product available for purchase on e-commerce website Snapdeal.You will get a Chromecast box containing

a Google Chromecast with two ports

       ♥ HDMI port at front end to be plugged into HDMI Port of TVs

       ♥ Micro-USB port at rarer end for power supply

a five foot micro-USB to USB cable

 a power adapter

How to setup and use Google Chromecast ?

Just, plug your HDMI port end of GoogleChromecast into HDMI port of your TV.

If your TV also has a USB port, power your Chromecast by using Micro-USB to USB connector using Micro-USB port of Chromecast. Otherwise,use power adapter provided in the Chromecast Box to power it from mains supply.

Now, visit Chromecast ‘getting started’ webpage on the internet accessible device and download the required software for your platform and get it installed on your device.

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♦ Whenever you want to cast any content allowed by a specific app such as youtube on Google Chrome. Using Chrome’s Chromecast tab extension or a rectangular button with three cut-waves at bottom-left on specific apps, get your device connect to Chromecast Wi-Fi Network and abracadabra, your device gets mirrored on your magnificent HDTV.

Symbol showing the Google chrome cast photo extension button

Symbol showing the Google chrome cast  image extension button

 

Advantages of Google Chromecast over its rivals [Apple TV, Roku]:

Its affordable cost of just Rs.2999/-.

Fairly easy to set up and use, simply put Plug-n-Play nature.

Do not support streaming of local/user content to TVs to avoid copy infringement related issues, also a disadvantage when compared with Apple TV.

Disadvantages of Google Chromecast when compared with its rivals:

No. of app tie-ups, although now having fairly good in number.

No direct aid such as a hand held remote to control the streamed content. Your laptop/online device is the only way to play around with.

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