With an ever-growing range of streaming services and techniques, it is becoming increasingly difficult for us as consumers to figure out what exactly is for what and what to take into account. One of the newest standards for streaming music is Google Cast and in this article we’ll explain exactly what this is and how it works.
What is Google Cast?
It (for Audio or for Video) is a new standard that allows audio (and when supported video) from a mobile device to be streamed directly and in high quality to compatible speakers or audio systems. Google indicates that many popular music services are already supported, including Rdio, Google Play Music, Deezer, Pandora and TuneIn. Spotify is not yet supported and the service itself has announced that it has no plans for this for the time being.
How does Google Cast work?
To use it, the device that streams audio or video must be connected to the same network as the speaker (or other device) that can display content through it. So both devices must be in the same WiFi network. Then it is a matter of one push of a button to stream music or video to the receiver. This button can be found in applications that support the standard. Google Cast can be used on all Android and iOS smartphones, Android and iOS tablets and computers with Chrome OS. Other computers are also compatible, provided the Chrome browser is used.
Where do you find Google Cast?
Sony, LG and Denon, among others, have already indicated that they will launch products with support for this Google feature. Interestingly, they also continue to support AirPlay and other streaming standards, so users have the choice between Apple’s technology and Google’s. televisions, consoles and set-top boxes that run on Android.
Equipment with Google Cast
In the meantime (April 2015) there are already quite a few devices that support Google Cast. LG has announced that it will add support to all Music Flow products, and Sony has announced receivers , sound bars and wireless speakers with Google Cast. Even the company’s Bravia TVs, equipped with Android TV software, support the standard. Of course, the Chromecast HDMI stick also offers support, just like the Nexus Player from Asus. In addition, Denon ‘s Heos system is equipped with it.