With Google launching Chromecast Audio in the US market, it opens up a new line of product in which top companies will be seen competing in the near future. Let us find out as to how Chromecast Audio works and what features it possesses.
Google launched Chromecast Audio a few weeks ago. The compact device allows you to connect with speakers with audio cable and stream through Wi-Fi. This way, the user can hear the favorite songs at home in a practical way. It works with iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac OS, and has already started to be sold for $35 in the United States. Know all the details of the device.
To get you started, Chromecast Audio has full integration with your smartphone and tablet, which can be used as a remote control for actions like playing, pausing, and advancing soundtracks. All this with low battery consumption in the device.
The great advantage of Chromecast Audio is that it works with traditional apps such as Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and NPR One without having to learn how to use a new interface. During use, the track is not interrupted by notifications or ringing, and the user can even answer a call without pausing the music.
Streaming technology allows you to playback audio in the high quality, flawless external speaker via a 2.4 or 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi connection. In addition to the wireless network, the Chromecast Audio has analog stereo audio 3.5 mm, AUX, RCA, and Optical.
Finally, a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack with digital audio output and micro USB plug is available.
Design and Compatibility
On the look, the Chromecast Audio offers a compact, round design that can be carried even in the pocket. The dimensions are 51.9 x 51.9 x 13.49 mm with a weight of 30.7 g and the model is available in black.
Want to find out if your phone, tablet or computer can connect? Then be aware that the device is compatible with Android 4.1 or higher, from iOS 7 (iPhone, iPads, and iPods), Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and from Windows 7.
Settings & Features
Google is wanting to simplify the day-to-day of music lovers. As a result, setting up your Chromecast Audio promises to be quick: you need to connect the device to the speaker and the power outlet. Adjustments are made through the Chromecast app and the user connects to Wi-Fi on the same network as the mobile. After this pairing, simply push a button to transmit the soundtracks between the devices, and you can select your playlists from a distance.
Did you know that it is possible to “mirror” your cell phone or computer? The tool is useful on Chromecast Audio if the app or site is not yet compatible with the device. In this way, the music will be played on the speakers via streaming.
Chromecast Audio is going to initiate new competition between the companies. With Google firing the first bullet with Chromecast Audio, it will be interesting to see how its close rivals like Apple, Amazon, and Roku will react to this device. There are rumors that there will be a similar device launched by Apple and Amazon in the near future.