Google Chromecast Review: UK Edition

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A few days ago we told you about Google’s Chromecast finally crossing the sea to land in the UK. We’re back to tell you what we think of the diminutive dongle before so you’ll know what to expect in case you’re on the fence about picking up a Chromecast.

Chromecast is a simple little device that works with your Wi-Fi network which allows you to stream (some) content from your smartphone, tablet or PC to the big screen. It’s also a device that’s great for the tech-impaired as it’s simple to setup.

To hook up the Chromecast you simply need to plug it into a HDMI port on the back of your television. From there you can plug the power cable into a USB port on the TV or run the cable from the Chromecast to a power outlet. To connect to your network, you only need to follow a few simple steps – maybe takes 3 minutes tops.  Chromecast-1

Content can be streamed from your smartphone, tablet or computer and any app that supports Chromecast has a little casting symbol that pops up when you have something that can be streamed. Therein lies the rub, as those icons are going to be far and few between considering UK customers aren’t going to have access to the same apps and services that the US does out of the gate.

At this time, the UK Chromecast can only work with Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Google Play Movies and a few other apps. The US selection is certainly better, but nowhere near where it needs to be at the moment. There are a number of apps like Allcast and Solid Explorer that can lend a hand in the casting department, but it’s hit or miss depending on what format you’re trying to stream. The Chrome browser can be used as a workaround as well with the Chromecast extension.

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The Chromecast ‘streaming’ capability is compatible with Wi-Fi-enabled Android 2.3+ smartphones and tablets; iOS 6.0+ iPhones, iPads and iPods; Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows and most Chromebooks.

Verdict

The Chromecast has a lot going for it and there are some nifty tricks, but there’s still a lot of room to improve. The device itself works flawlessly, it’s the apps that are going to be an issue as we wait for companies to get on the Chromecast express. It’s worth the money, just be aware what you’re getting beforehand, and remember it needs a power source unless you’ve got a USB port on your television set.

If you’re looking to pick up a Chromecast, it’s just a click or two away and it will only set you back £30.

>> Buy the Chromecast from Google Play UK for £30

Adam is a tech aficionado and Android enthusiast. When he's not checking out new tech, you can find him playing poker or binge-watching shows on Netflix.

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