GADGET MAKER Google has received a major accolade for its Chromecast device as developers reveal plans to use it to throw content from Android devices to television sets.
The $35 HDMI stick has been named "Gadget of the Year" by Time Magazine, beating competition from the Xbox One, PS4, Kindle Fire HDX and Pebble smartwatch.
The magazine said, "Lots of companies have built devices to do this; Chromecast is the first one that gets it right."
Meanwhile developers have discovered some intriguing code in Android that seems to point the way to what is next for the device. A teardown of source code for Android 4.4.1 Kitkat submitted to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) reveals the groundwork for screencasting from an Android device to a television with a Chromecast.
While the idea of beaming content to a television is not in itself new, approaches for doing so thus far have been proprietary. By building in Chromecast support out of the box, the impulse buying power of the aggressively priced device is increased still further.
Despite its popularity, the Chromecast has not made it over the pond yet, as Googles continues to concentrate its marketing efforts on the USA. Anyone who does manage to acquire a device can already screencast from specific apps including Netflix, Google Play Music, and Hulu - through a proxy server - but universal screen mirroring could open up a world of possibilities for the device, such as video conferencing, big screen gaming and collaborative work environments.
Google has yet to specify a UK launch date for the Chromecast, but maintains that it plans to launch in other countries "soon". µ
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