Chromecast setup and first impressions

Google caught more than a few people off guard Wednesday when it revealed Chromecast, a Chrome-powered HDMI dongle designed to bring the best content from any device to your TV. It doesn't seem that a single person was pessimistic about the idea though, as just a few demos of what Chromecast was capable of had the whole audience ecstatic about the idea.

Delivering precisely what was promised by the Nexus Q and more, at just one-tenth the price, the Chromecast has some serious potential behind it. We've got our hands on one, and having gone through the process of setting up and using the device we're downright giddy with excitement about this thing.

So what is it like to set up and use a Chromecast connected to your TV, controlled by your Android device? It's actually quite an enjoyable experience.

Setting up the Chromecast

Google tried to give the impression at its press event that the Chromecast was some kind of magical attachment that required no setup, but there are a few steps that need to be taken before you're up and running. First thing's first -- you'll need to plug the Chromecast dongle into an available HDMI port on your TV and also connect it to USB for power. The two annoying parts about this are that a TV's "service" USB port won't work for power, and the power plug is on the end directly opposite the HDMI plug. Meaning that unless you have a TV from the last couple of years you'll be connecting another wall plug for power and if your TV is mounted a wall it may be a bit tight against the wall with everything connected.

That aside, you can configure your Chromecast either by visiting google.com/chromecast/setup on a computer or by downloading the Chromecast app from Google Play (opens in new tab). In either case, the simple apps makes a direct Wifi connection to your Chromecast and let you sign in to your local Wifi network using your phone, tablet or computer, a process that takes only a few minutes. You then assign a name to your Chromecast -- "Living Room" or "Bedroom", for example -- and you're all set.

We recommend keeping the apps installed on whatever device you choose to use for initial setup, as they can be a useful tool for troubleshooting. On both computers and Android devices, the Chromecast app lets you manage multiple Chromecast dongles, reboot and even factory reset them remotely.

Playing content on your TV

Setting up the Chromecast to accept content isn't too intensive, but it does you no good unless you've got something on your phone or tablet to send over to it. As of right now, you're limited to just a few options for content you can "cast" over to a Chromecast dongle: Google Play Music, Play Movies & TV, Youtube and Netflix. Expanding the options is the "Google Cast" Chrome extension, which lets you send any Chrome tab on your computer -- including video sites --  to the Chromecast.

Once you've updated to the latest versions of the apps or installed the Chrome extension, simply hit the new "cast" button (which looks like a screen with radio waves in the corner) and you'll be prompted to select a device to send the content to. Select the Chromecast unit by its name in the menu, and your TV will perk up to accept the incoming command. Start playing the music, movie or video on your phone, tablet or laptop and you will see the content play on the TV rather than your device. Play, pause and even volume controls on your device control whatever is being played on the TV, even though it isn't being streamed from the device itself.

After you've initiated playback on the Chromecast, you are free to do anything you want on your device without interrupting that content. Notification and lock screen widgets control playback on the Chromecast as if the content was playing locally on the device, giving you plenty of control over what's on the TV. Switching between apps is simple as well -- if you're playing music and switch to Youtube, you'll be prompted to confirm the action and the Chromecast will quickly switch to your new content choice.

So simple, so powerful

The folks here at AC have already voiced initial opinions on the Chromecast, and after going through the setup process and playing with one for the evening, we have to say that we're coming away impressed with what this $35 device is capable of. For just over 10-percent of the price of the original Nexus Q, we're looking at a device that brings the best content from your phone, tablet or laptop directly to your TV with few hassles along the way.

It's still very early days for the Chromecast, but after spending a brief time with it we're hopeful for the future of Google's living room entertainment efforts.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

222 Comments
  • "Chromecast is not available in your country." :-(
  • Let me guess… If I go to US, buy a Chromecast and take it home with me, I won't be able to use it? OK. Now I'm wishing it fails miserably.
  • If that's you're reason for hating a product, then you're a bloody idiot. There are many products that the US doesn't get; you don't hear us hoping that they fail. Still, I hope it does expand beyond the US. Posted via Android Central App
  • Idiot, moron, short-sighted, small on logic and history. Is that all? No need for personal attacks because of a rant based on frustration about a consumer product. Even if I rant, it shouldn't be personal. I know I should have displayed my credentials first, telling that I use everything Google and may have more time, money and cheers invested in lot of things Google than most of you (really), but somehow I thought it wouldn't be necessary. Too much for an obvious rant. Anyway, please don't think I want this to fail (a little of good faith works wonders when guessing a meaning). It wouldn't even matter (Netflix alone pays it). So, let's chill and resume the constructive talks, shall we? Thank you.
  • "Anyway, please don't think I want this to fail.." Yet, from your original post to which he replied: "OK. Now I'm wishing it fails miserably."
  • Haha yeah, I love oxymorons.
  • You're right. I'm sorry for calling you an idiot. My inner fanboy got the best of me.
    Here's to hoping that you're able to order a Chromecast, should you desire to. Posted via Android Central App
  • No problem. Sorry if my frustration made me say things I didn't really want about the Chromecast. See you around.
  • Then act the idiot, you moron.
  • I bet against it, because I am from Europe and I ordered one :-) Yes, it will need a little sideloading and a VPN - but I have that for Hulu and Netflix already... Posted via Android Central App
  • What do you need the VPN for? Just for using Netflix? Or do you assume that you'd also need it to play youtube videos, or use it with other apps that would support it in the future?
  • Wow. I guess you're not big on either history or logic. Lots of Google's new products/services start off as US only AT FIRST, and then broaden out to other countries. But I guess you're too short sighted to think about that, and just want it to fail since you can't have it right away. Moron.
  • This. Posted via Android Central App
  • Unfortunately, Google is notoriously slow/apparently not interested in bringing many paid services to other countries. Where I live, in Europe, there is no Play Music, TV, Movies, Books. The only thing I can buy from Google is apps.
  • Damn, Google needs to stop slacking on expanding their core services, then. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, over here in NZ we only have Play music(all access) and apps. We don't have books,movies,TV shows, magazines or Play devices or Play store gift cards. Google has expanded out of the US MY ASS!
  • Maybe it's because the EU's antitrust efforts that Google drags its heels on rollouts to European nations? I really don't know, just a thougt.
  • Unfortunately getting all the licensing deals to get the content in all the various locations takes time and sometimes just doesn't happen at all. But hopefully they can make it happen for you.
  • Its called copyright issues. Thanks to the bloody media companies, Google has to make deals with each region for every new product they want to ship. When in doubt, blame big media when we can't have nice things everywhere.
  • Forget Europe. We don't have Google Play Music Locker or Store in Canada. No Google Wallet. And now no Chromecast.
  • Actually, I live in Italy, which is in Europe last time I checked and I get Play Music and Books.
    Google Movies and Magazines are *yet* to come.
    Google TV? No need for that, *when* Chromecast arrives.
  • That, dear sir, is due to the content owners, not Google. They can't offer Play Music, TV, Movies, Books until they have content licenses, which they have not yet gotten in large chunks of Europe and Asia.
  • Again, like I told to the guy above you, while I understand the critic to what I said (I should have enclosed the fail in the proverbial rant quotes), this personal and fanatic nonsense is obviously unwarranted. Calm down. We all want to use Chromecast asap, even if that means hacking around the geographical limitations.
  • This. Posted via Android Central App
  • As a 'credentialed' member of the community, perhaps you'd like to expand on what makes you qualified to criticize those who criticize your ineptness at forum conversation.
  • And I guess you're only big on selective history, because some of those promised products and services never reach other markets. Two of the biggest reasons I bought the galaxy nexus was for wallet and music. I had to bounce off of a proxy just to get the cloud service of music but there is no sight of either wallet or a music store. They keep rolling out new beta products without providing what I paid for 18 months ago. So yeah, the fact that I'm blocked from placing a chromecast order for no reason kinda sucks. Posted via Android Central App
  • And lots others don't..
    As an example, the Netherlands just recently got Google play Books.
    We don't have Google Play Music or Movies.
    The only reason for us to get the Chromecast is to mirror youtube and enabled apps.
    So, yes, the dude might have said something in frustration, but what he said is based on solid history of Gsnobbery...
  • You do realize that even if chromecast gets released internationally, the streaming services of Hulu and Netflix are still regional. You moron. So you still would need a VPN service to make it work abroad.
  • ha i live in trinidad in the caribbean and we got netflix "without a VPN" but no hulu, jus sayin
  • Or, hope it does so well, that the US movie companies say "We could make more allowing it outside the US"? I don't know *any* reason Google wouldn't want this outside the US, but the copyright holders would.
  • :-( Posted via AC App N4
  • I love Google for doing this. I've purposely held off on getting a streaming box because I've been wanting a solution from Google for my Google Play content. And lucky me, I've got ONE spare HDMI port on my tv. Got my shipping notification, too, from Google Play. My Chromecast can't come soon enough!
  • But can it play Hulu? Free Hulu, not Hulu Plus.
  • According to Wired, they asked Google and they said yes, through the chrome tab cast.
  • If that's the case, good bye Hulu Plus. That would mean I'd be able to watch ALL Hulu content on my TV over Chromecast.
  • How do you get past the hulu restriction for chrome on a mobile device, or are you "casting" from a pc?
  • i'd assume he's using a pc, i'll be doing the same to watch vimeo videos on my tv :)
  • Yes you'll be able to watch "ALL Hulu content"
    FYI is not as extensive as Hulu Plus's
  • Sounds like you would be able to do that via a Chrome browser tab, not the Hulu app itself. I bet other apps will jump on the bandwagon pretty soon. Considering the price point, I pulled the trigger on getting on yesterday and am looking forward to messing with it. Just Netflix without the need for another device like my aging Xbox 360 would be useful. If it could stream DLNA from another storage device that would make it THE media device to have. ;)
  • exactly the reason i'll buy one; no need to run Boxee or buy a different HDMI dongle i was looking at.
    for $35, this thing is going to be awesome (esp if it gets supported by other video streaming apps)
  • That Chromecast extension should enable that... as well as Amazon Instant Video.
  • Yup, already did it. I did experience a drop in frame-rate and be sure you're network isn't dl'ing other stuff at the same time.
  • Were you able to test the the "Google Cast" Chrome extension,and if so does it cast audio in addition to video? I am betting that you get video on the TV, but that audio does not follow making Hulu / HBO Go a no go.
  • Seriously? What good would this be without audio? You craaaaaaazy.
  • Obviously YouTube, Netflix and other plugins would support audio. They stream to the dongle directly from the source. The option to send a tab from chrome on your PC to the screen is different, and I am wondering if it is screen sharing or whether they get audio over as well. No I am not crazy. Hulu specifically blocks Hulu free from getting to any large screens easily I don;t see them leaving a big hole like this unplugged.
  • It's not screen sharing. Don't forget that the Chromecast actually runs ChromeOS. It is a simple matter for tabs to be shared...just look at the Chrome-to-phone extension that has been kicking around for so long. The Chromecast still pulls the tab and its content for itself.
  • I have tried it and it works with audio and video. Great for watching movies from websites.
  • Excellent! Thanks
  • Have you tried plugging it into an HDMI input port on a receiver so that the sound and video can play through a home entertainment system?
  • +1
  • This is BIG since anyone these days has a home theater setup with an AV receiver with multiple HDMI ports..The question remains, will it work with a receiver once you assign the function to the HDMI port it's plugged into?
  • +1 -- Looking for this info. I'm thinking that it should. And if your receiver supports HDMI CEC, then it also should allow the TV to power on and switch inputs. But we'll see. I'm also excited about connecting this to my backyard projector sans laptop as the source device.
  • Works great connected directly to my Denon 4308CI (HDMI 1.3a).
  • It plugs in to an HDMI port, HDMI carries audio.
  • Does it cast audio??? They just showed a video of music being played and video with audio.... am I missing something?
  • Folks don't seem to be clear on this... When you "cast" from YouTube or Netflix or google play, the app tells the dongle to go play the same content, then it is streamed right to the dongle from the cloud and sent on its way via HDMI. Teh app can then tell it to stop start etc., but no audio or video is being transferred from your device to the dongle. When you open up a tab in chrome browser on your PC and tell it to play that tab on the dongle it would need to send the content (not just a link to the source on the cloud) to the dongle. It will allow the sharing of media and tabs straight from Chrome to a Chromecast-connected TV. That is why I asked if it would send audio and video
  • Any HDMI 1.4 port should be able to also power the Chromecast, making the USB power requirement optional.
  • People keep saying that but I have not heard that from Google and other people keep saying it absolutely is not the case.
  • Are you confusing HDMI with MHL? I know, with MHL, the device is streaming content and being charged, by the port, because of the adapter. Your "run-of-the-mill" HDMI socket won't provide enough charging power to the Chromecast, unfortunately. Posted via Android Central App
  • The power in 1.4 comes from the source device, not the TV. In this case, the Chromecast is the source device, hence the need for an additional power supply.
  • I don't think this is the case. Based on the below question/answer below from the official HDMI knowledge base it seems that the TV is the source and the Chromecast is an accessory device. But maybe I'm misinterpreting something. Q. If an HDMI accessory device (i.e. switch box, cable booster) does not have a dedicated power supply, is it still compliant and will it work?
    An HDMI device that has active electronics should have a provision for external power in order to be compliant (e.g. a receptacle to allow the use of a standard power adapter, sometimes called a power “brick”). Here we are drawing a distinction between “active” devices that actually have some powered electronics, and “passive” devices, such as some switches (more on those later). Some active devices, such as actively powered HDMI cables or in-line signal extender boxes, will by default attempt to power their electronics by taking power from the 5V line (+5V power) available on the HDMI connector. The HDMI specification requires all source devices to provide at least 55mA (milliamps) on the 5V line for the purpose of reading the EDID of a display. While 55mA is not enough current to operate most HDMI accessory devices (which typically require about 100 to 150mA), most source devices on the market today provide significantly more current on the 5V line than the HDMI specification requires. As a result, the vast majority of accessory devices can operate when interfaced with a source device that provides more than the required current (i.e. over 100-150mA) on the 5V line. However, manufacturers should provide a provision for their powered HDMI accessory devices to obtain external power, and consumers are encouraged to look for this external power provision when purchasing such products. Looking to the future, not all HDMI devices may provide this much power over the 5V line. For example, as HDMI expands into more and more portable applications (cameras, camcorders, laptops, etc.), power consumption is often much more of an issue, and such devices may not power the 5V line with the > 100mA required by such “active” devices. Again, consumers should consider ensuring that their active HDMI accessory device purchases have a provision for external power for this reason.
  • After some more thought it makes sense that a TV is a display device, not a source device and therefore probably doesn't provide any power. So the dongle probably can't draw power from a TV but I wonder if it can draw power from an HDMI 1.4 A/V receiver? It seems like that could be considered a source device. Or maybe this is just a wild rumor that got started. However there are multiple reviews on Amazon backing up the claim. For example one reviewer who has had the device for about a week says "I have a 2012 LG LED and a 2013 Lenovo 27" Monitor with HDMI input and the ports power it with no cable.".
  • My $50 MK808B does all of this and more, but I'd be all over it if I didn't have it. Really great move by Google. More impressed it never leaked.
  • No it doesnt do the same thing
  • Ok dbag...let's argue over semantics. Yes, it does "essentially" the same thing AND more. Happy?
  • I like it. It would give my old tv some life.
  • what about movies i put on the phone. Can i play them? Or only purchases thru google play?
  • Google Play, yes. I haven't heard anything about movies that you put directly on you phone/tablet.
  • video of playing local movies!
    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/07/25/tip-you-can-play-local-video-files-...
  • Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. God I can't wait to try all this sh!t out for myself!
  • Awesome! No if someone can tell me that it will work connected to an hdmi A/V receiver port, then I'm ordering 2 more!!!
  • Only through Google Play, it seems. There was no mention of UPnP or DLNA. Now the interesting thing will be if you can cast media from Google Drive to it.
  • You can play videos that you upload to your phone through Play Movies so hence you can play them through Chromecast.
  • I hope you are right, this would be the best, unexpected feature.
  • thinking about it, I don't know if this will work or not. Even though you can play video through Play Movies I am not sure if you can play something that you didn't get through the Play Store because it would have to be streamed via UPNP. I am sure BubbleUpnP will be updated to support Chromecast very soon and you will be able to cast through that.
  • This is an interesting question. I have to check the ChromeCast API - how it works etc. Maybe if the file on your Google Drive has public access it will be possible...
  • but on google play you can select personal movies and it just goes to the built in player. you think this might work? i understand that other players, mx, bs etc probably wont (for now - go devs)
  • I have a quick question about the device and was wondering if you guys tried this out. I'm sure a few others have a set up like this as well, but is it possible to plug the chromecast into an available port on the back of your A/V receiver instead of your TV and have it work? Posted via Android Central App
  • This is my biggest question too. I'd hate to have the sound come from my tv's crappy speakers.
  • Why not run the sound out from your TV to your receiver? Then anything over HDMI would play out of the receiver. That's really how everything should be set up. Posted via Android Central App
  • This setup does not work in a lot of cases. Many TVs will not keep the audio signal intact when transferring it from HDMI to digital coax or optical out. As a result, you only actually get stereo sound. The true way to set up a sound system is to have HDMIs from each source running to an A/V receiver and then run one HDMI to the TV. Nothing will be lost from audio or video.
  • Hey Viper. Alot of TV's do not have a HDMI out port. So my question is how would you get sound to you AV receiver using an HDMI cable.I do not want stereo sound. I hate running my cable box to my receiver to the tv because you loose picture quality. any suggestions would be nice.
  • You misread my comment. All inputs go into the A/V receiver via HDMI. The receiver outputs video to the TV via HDMI. So there is nothing coming OUT of the TV. If you are losing picture quality by running HDMI through your receiver, then I suggest either changing your setup options on the receiver if possible, or buying a new one, because that shouldn't be happening. I know on my Onkyo, I had to set it to do pass-through video, and not change it to a specific resolution. I run a Dish cable box, XBox 360, and a blu ray player through the receiver. Video quality is excellent from all 3.
  • Thats what I am trying to figure out. How to get sound from the TV to output to the AV receiver when there is no HDMI out connection. If you plug chromecast into your tv it will only output the sound through your tv speakers. everyone looses some picture detail when passing through your receiver, nothing beats a direct connection. It still looks good but try this unplug your cable to the receiver and connect it directly to the tv and see that the colors are a little more brilliant.
  • You don't. You send the signal from the source (in your case the cable box, not the TV) to the receiver. If you don't want to pass the video through your AV receiver, just send the video via HDMI to your TV, and an optical audio cable from the box to your receiver. You can set up the options in the cable box menu to send audio using the HDMI only, Optical/RCA jack only, or both if you want. There's a myriad of different configurations you can set up.
  • Digital signals do not lose quality when passing through digital equipment. This used to happen with analog but does not with digital. That's one of the big advantages of going all digital.
  • Exactly how I have my TX-709 set-up as well.
  • That is *NOT* how an A/V system should be setup at all! The TV is not a source of data - video or audio, therefore you should not be taking outputs from it back to the A/V receiver. The reason so many of us are asking if you can plug into a receiver is because we understand how that box functions. All inputs to the A/V receiver, switch with the receiver, and listen/view with the "dumb" terminals (TV, speakers). That's how an A/V system is setup properly.
  • Oh you can't just run optical audio out from the TV to the receiver. I do it this way so I only have the source on the TV to change and not both the receiver and TV Posted via Android Central App
  • TV's will only output stereo audio via Toslink cables (optical). I'm going to stick with my Roku XS for now even though we don't have YouTube yet. I bought mine for $50 and I can stream any YouTube vid I want by saving it on the Plex server.. AND I stream full surround sound from Vudu, Amazon, Netflix or Blockbuster and don't need to burn the battery up on my phone while streaming.. I'm gonna wait and see how it goes once people have had this dongle for awhile :)
  • I still get audio from my rear speakers too. Posted via Android Central App
  • I tell you what, throw in Hunger Games on blu ray. They have an audio tester on the disc. Try it out. Did the sound come out of the correct speaker each time? If so, then you are fine. Some TVs will pass through the true audio signal. But if not, you are getting cheated. Just because audio comes out of the rear speakers doesn't mean it is really working. And if you do what either of us suggested, you would only ever have to change the source on the receiver, not the TV. Do yourself a favor, go buy a Logitech Harmony 650 remote, set it up, and never worry about switching sources again. You will wonder how you ever lived before owning one.
  • What's blu-ray? People still use that? Lol j/k
    I'm sorry I offended all the audiophiles!!! I didn't know!!!!!
    My couch is 12 feet back from my TV, so I have no use for 1080p. That's why I never got blu-ray. I stream everything. Posted via Android Central App
  • I have a harmony 550. I run everything in my living room via XBMC from my computer in the office, I just assumed it was hooked up properly. Posted via Android Central App
  • "That is *NOT* how an A/V system should be setup at all!" You are stupendously wrong. In general, it's cleaner and easier to use the A/V receiver as the switcher. That's how I have mine setup. However, there are use cases where you want the audio signal to go the other direction; from the TV to the amp. For example, if you have an HDTV antenna setup and connected to your TV you would send the audio back to your receiver for amplification unless you could get by with the speakers in your TV. In fact, the most recent HDMI standards include a featured called ARC or Audio Return Channel. This is an additional digital channel for audio to go from a TV back to an amp. Both the amp and the TV have to support the standard but this feature was added just for this type of use case.
  • According to an article on Gizmodo you have to run it through a TV.
  • I read somewhere (forget where) that you can run it through a receiver, but you lose the ability to turn the TV on using the app. Everything else is supposed to work.
  • I'm glad I bought one. This looks really cool! Posted via Android Central App
  • But its only for USA i think... :( Posted via Android Central App
  • so if i buy an Blue-Ray HD movie on Google Play, will i get that same HD resolution on my Samsung 60" LED TV? (assume that i'd be streaming from new Samsung Win8 Laptop or my G-Nex over WIFI.)
  • Blu-Ray!
  • According to specs it is capable of 1080p quality. From what I'veheard and seen so far is that if the source is that quality and your wifi is good enough then you will stream at that quality. It streams from the source not the device.
  • another question. how is the sound? i have the slimport dongle connected via hdmi for Nexus 4 and it doesn't do audio. (and sucks) I have to play through a bt stereo. not my entertainment center. which is annoying.
  • So many unanswered questions. Posted via Android Central App
  • Mine is stuck in a reboot loop...returning for a replacement tonight...that's what I get for being an early adopter
  • Neat device and for the price I might pick one up but there are a few things I'm disappointed with. First, I really wish this had HDMI pass-through like googleTVs. I would use something like this for short videos/content I want to share with others in the room and don't want to have to change inputs. Ideally there really should be an option to show pictures/slideshows. Also, can't believe they didn't include miracast! That is a major fail IMO! Last but not least a digital audio output for music only via a receiver would have been good.
  • Dude, it's $35... I'll say that again: it's $35. There will be other Chromecast devices soon. This is kinda the 'nexus' of Chromecast devices. Someone, somewhere will make a Chromecast with miracast. And it won't cost $35.
  • I know and applaud Google for the price. Are you sure this is a reference design and others can make alternate versions? First I have heard of that, not saying it's not true to reasonable... The other thing is that it may get Miracast later as it's likely not a hardware limitation. The Nexus 7 (original) and Nexus 10 didn't get miracast in a 4.2.x but do now in 4.3...
  • WHAT? The original N7 gets Miracast with 4.3??? Posted via Android Central App
  • That's what I read but don't have an N7 to confirm. The girlfriend does so I should be able to confirm on hers it the next few days. My N10 did not have miracast on 4.2.x and the option shows up on 4.3 although I don't have a miracast dongle yet so have not used it. I found the info on XDA..
  • i wish they included Miracast, too. My S4 would be better off buying a Miracast adapter for $20 more and mirroring all my games/movies/apps.
    Still, for $35 this is a great option for anyone who doesn't want to purchase a Roku box for Netflix.
  • For Miracast to work properly it would have required the 5ghz frequency (anybody who's used Miracast with 2.4ghz knows what I'm talking about in terms of reliability). That would have made it cost prohibitive and not the $35 sweetspot, not mention the number of dual band routers is probably not as ubiquitous as we nerds think. I could see the masses attacking it as a failure because Miracast didn't work properly when the shortfall was not the device, but the lack of an N Band. I would expect the next Chromecast to be 802.11ac and support Miracast when the price of ac comes down to a reasonable level, with a strong penetration of 5ghz routers.
  • Mine should be here on Friday. I cannot wait to play around with this! :)
  • One question on wifi-setup: does "makes a direct Wifi connection" mean that there is a wi-fi-direct connection established between android app and chromecast ? Hope we haveit in germany soon :-)
  • Just for the setup - not for the use afterwards. Posted via Android Central App
  • So what's the deal with having to power this thing. I know it comes with a usb power plug but i heard somewhere that you don't always need to use that. Does it depend on the TV?
  • You need the USB. The folks saying it gets powered by the HDMI are wrong.
  • Well that tamps the elegance a little bit. I'm still going to get one haha
  • Wrong! You simply need a HDMI 1.4 port. Pre HDMI 1.4 didn't provide bus power...
  • Source? Proof? Any kind of link, to back this up? Posted via Android Central App
  • Where did you get that from? HDMI pin 18 has always provided power at +5v. Which would be great for this...you may think? However max current is around 50mA which is too low for this device (USB is normally 500mA). HDMI 1.4 did not increase this spec.
  • It comes with a USB plug for power. It can also be plugged into a wall plug that comes with it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Would a 90 Degree adapter work for tight situations? See my avatar for a pic of the adapter.....
  • It comes with an adaptor for tight spots Posted via Android Central App
  • I bet the adapters would. Monoprice has a bunch of options on these pages: https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli...
  • I would think that it would since it even comes with an adapter/extender of its own.
  • Any adapter should work fine. It comes with an extender cable in the box though. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm assuming Google didn't expect such a huge run on the product. Everyone is out of stock already. Best Buy has it on their website but it's not in stores yet. Amazon sold out. Google is 3-4 weeks before it ships. Guess I'll wait.
  • You are surprised google screwed up yet another launch?
  • Lmao. Google never expects this, even though, it's happened with the last two product launches. Posted via Android Central App
  • Let's just consider ourselves lucky that the Play Store didn't completely shit itself due to traffic.
  • Yeah, that would have sucked Posted via Android Central App
  • I just ordered it about an hour ago from best buy and i can pick it up at the store now. amazon still showing sold out though. Can't wait to try this as watching Youtube vids from my BluRay player is really hard to do using the remote arrows.
  • Will it mirror my itunes movie library. I got about 100 movies in there. Tia, Ian B
  • It will if apple adds a 'cast' button... waiting.
  • so the answer is no since Apple is a closed walled joke of a company
  • Apple would have to add cast functionality to iTunes or a desktop app to mirror your screen would need to be made. The first is never going to happen and the second will likely have performance issues considering the way Chromecast works. Posted via Android Central App
  • I updated the apps last night bust still don't see the Cast icon. Does it show up only if Chromecast is detected on the network?
  • I believe so as I am in the same boat as you. Apps uploaded but waiting on chromecast dungle. Ian B
  • i am assuming so...at the very least you probably need the chromecast app on the play store. but i would assume it needs to be set up.
  • I think you have to initiate the media, then click the cast option.