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Report: Google bringing Chromecast Features to Vizio TVs

February 24, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

There’s no doubt that the Chromecast is Google’s best selling product for the living room. It has been a better seller than Google TV and even Android TV now. A big reason for that is how simple it is to use, and how cheap it is – coming in at just $35. Google had stated before that they wanted to get Chromecast built into TV’s, so that it would be one of the features that you see on the box for the TV you just bought. We hadn’t heard about Google working with any TV makers to make this possible, until now. According to a new report, Google is supposedly teaming up with Vizio to bring Chromecast features to their TVs.

Much like the Chromecast is now, there wouldn’t be an interface to work with to use Chromecast. You would just cast media from your smartphone, tablet or even Chrome browser on your desktop or laptop. Think of it as taking your Chromecast HDMI Dongle and having it actually inside your TV. Ideally, the thing here is that you would be able to download the Chromecast app from the Google Play Store and set it up with your WiFi. Making it pretty easy to be done, although for many people if they don’t know their TV has built-in Chromecast they will likely never use it.

One of the big advantages for Google doing this – besides not needing to buy a dongle for your TV – is that you will save a HDMI port. Seeing as you won’t need to plug in your Chromecast in the back of your TV, you’ll have a free HDMI port, something that many of us are struggling with these days thanks to all of these set-top boxes and cable boxes.

It’s also being reported that Google may build some smart features into the remote of these TVs from Vizio. So instead of getting that same boring remote control in the box with your TV, you’ll get a tablet which would control the TV. This tablet would feature apps that are built for streaming – likely over Chromecast – as well as a few other features that weren’t detailed in the report. It’s also worth noting that Google is supposedly working with one other TV maker, however the report didn’t state who specifically that was.