By now most consumers have probably heard of Google’s handy little TV accessory, Chromecast. If you haven’t then in short, this is a tiny HDMI dongle which once plugged into your TV allows you to ‘cast’ (send) media (vids, pics and audio) from any android device to be displayed on your big screen. This really is a clever little device and probably its number one selling point is the fact that it only costs $35 to buy, which is significantly less than its alternatives, namely Amazon Fire TV and Roku 3.
One of the really neat features of Chromecast is its support for the Google ecosystem and in particular Google’s desktop Chrome. Using the Google Chrome Cast Extension (beta) users can literally find and play (almost) any content directly from their Chrome browser on their big screen. Similar to most other cast services if you have the extension loaded then you will see the little cast square appear in the upper right corner of the browser (think YouTube). By clicking the icon what you have on your home browser screen magically appears on your big screen. Neat huh!
Well now it seems the latest build of the Chrome cast extension is offering users full 1080p cast support meaning you can now cast and watch media at an even greater definition and resolution. With the new update users can choose their ‘Custom Mirroring Settings’ and in particular select a resolution from between 854 x 480 to a whopping 1920 x 1080. Of course having the capability to generate such a resolution by casting does also require users to have a reliable and stable internet connection not to mention a TV capable of 1080p. If you do have a decent TV, internet connection and Chromecast then you are set and should certainly give the new improved resolution a go. If you do let us know how it handles the casting. Any lag or other unwanted issues? Either way, this update does highlight how effective the tiny little stick is becoming and as it is so significantly priced compared to its rivals the Chromecast just seems to get better and better. What do you think? Are you a Chromecast fan? Prefer the bigger and more powerful Amazon Fire TV box? Let us know by leaving a comment. Otherwise, get casting!