Thursday, October 1, 2015

Google a lansat două modele noi de Chromecast: pentru filme şi pentru muzică / New Google Chromecast Streaming Dongles

   

   Dispozitivele Nexus 6P şi Nexus 5X au fost cu siguranţă cele mai importante produse anunţate de către Google, însă şi cele două noi modele de Chromecast au primit o atenţie deosebită. După succesul dispozitivului original, Google încearcă să dezvolte conceptul Chromecast şi mai mult, aducând şi muzica în prim plan, alături de serviciile de streaming video. Astfel, am primit două noi modele Chromecast: unul pentru televizoare şi unul pentru boxe.

   Deşi nu l-a numit Chromecast 2, Google a realizat un nou dispozitiv care se conectează la televizor pentru a oferi acces uşor la streaming de clipuri de pe internet, la afişarea conţinutului de pe telefoane şi tablete, cât şi la afişarea jocurilor video de Android. Noul model a primit un design nou, fiind acum integrat într-o carcasă circulară din care iese un cablu HDMI. Acesta se alimentează în continuare de la o mufă micro-USB, însă include hardware îmbunătăţit, beneficiind acum de WiFi 802.11ac. Pe partea software, Google a implementat funcţia Fast Play, care încarcă în fundal o parte din clipul pe care urmează să îl redai de pe un serviciu online, pentru ca atunci când apeşi pe butonul „play”, acesta să pornească imediat.
   Alături de noul Chromecast, compania a prezentat şi Chromecast Audio. Acesta este tot un dispozitiv pe care poţi transmite semnal wireless, însă dedicat redării audio pe boxe. Designul acestui Chromecast nu este foarte diferit faţă de cel pentru televizoare, însă vine cu un cablu jack de 3,5 mm în locul unui HDMI. Alimentarea se face tot prin intermediul unei mufe micro-USB şi integrează tot WiFi la 2,4 şi 5.0 GHz 802.11ac. Astfel, poţi reda muzica preferată de pe orice dispozitiv din casă pe sistemul audio conectat la Chromecast Audio, fără a fi necesar un televizor sau un computer.

   Ambele modele se vând la preţul de 35 de dolari şi sunt disponibile pentru comandă în Statele Unite.

source: go4it.ro

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New-Chromecast
   Two years ago, the Google Chromecast made a huge splash, offering the ability to wirelessly stream content from the Internet and mobile devices to your TV for a price of only $35. This week, two new Google Chromecast streaming dongles were announced: the new Chromecast, which offers much the same—though improved—functionality as the original, and Chromecast Audio, which, as the name implies, streams audio.
   There’s no confusing the original with the new models, thanks to the new disk-shaped design that houses three antennas to improve Wi-Fi performance using 802.11ac. Like the original, the new Chromecast plugs directly into a TV’s HDMI port, in this case with a short HDMI cable that doesn’t block other nearby ports. The Chromecast Audio connects to any audio system with a standard 3.5 mm jack that can accommodate analog and optical digital-audio cables. Both are powered from a Micro USB port using the included power supply.
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   A short, integrated HDMI cable on the new Chromecast connects to an HDMI input on your TV.
   Both models are controlled from the smartphone or other casting device using the Chromecast app, which has been completely redesigned to make it easier to find what you want. For example, What’s On is a new feature that serves as an electronic program guide (EPG) for Chromecast-capable services. The Search feature has been updated as well, letting you search for titles or actors and displaying all the options from various services. You can even answer a phone call or play a game while the content is playing. And because the content is actually streamed directly from the cloud, you can take the casting device out of the room without interrupting the show.
   Available in three different colors, the new Chromecast lets you stream content (up to 1080p) from an iPhone, iPad, Android device, Macintosh and Windows computer, and of course, a Chromebook laptop using apps for Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, Pandora, and many more. You can also mirror the screen of an Android device or the Chrome browser on a computer, casting anything on their screen to the TV. A new feature called Fast Play starts streams much faster than the previous model by monitoring what you’re looking at on your device and automatically starting the stream to the Chromecast.
   The Chromecast Audio comes in black only, and the circular grooves on its surface make it look like a tiny LP. It works with apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, and of course, Google Play Music. Audio is streamed using Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth, which compresses audio files, so you get a higher-quality experience with the Chromecast Audio. And with an upcoming update, you’ll be able to synchronize multiple audio systems to play the same music, as long as they each have a Chromecast Audio connected to them.

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   The Chromecast Audio connects to any audio system from its 3.5 mm analog/optical output.
   Two years is a long time between generations of consumer-electronic devices, but it seems the new Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio were worth the wait. Granted, the new Chromecast does not do 4K, but what do you expect for $35? Yep, both of the new devices sell for $35, the same price as the original with a significantly enhanced experience. Sounds like a win-win to me!

source: avsforum.com