Here's how the $35 Chromecast dongle works. After you plug the Chromecast dongle into your HDMI port on your HDTV, it allows you to stream online videos and music from mobile devices and laptops to your TV via a Wifi connection. Chromecast streams content from the cloud, not from your device or laptop. Your device acts as a remote control for the online content. According to Google's demo, Chromecast allows you to stream content from "Youtube, Netflix, Google Play Movies and TV, play music, lots of content from the web from Chrome tab projection, and soon to come Pandora and many more apps." Google also noted that "Chromecast is compatible with WiFi-enabled Android 2.3+ smartphones and tablets; iOS 6.0+ iPhones, iPads, and iPods; Chrome for Mac® and Chrome for Windows®; and Chromebook Pixel. Power cord required (not shown)." It doesn't work on Samsung Chromebooks :(. Not cool $GOOG (coming soon?). Below are Chromecast demo videos via Google, CNET, Engadget and Phone Arena. Is this finally a game changer for internet-tv convergence?
Google's Demo of Chromecast via CNET-TV
Demo via Engadget
Demo via PhoneArena
Google's Chromecast commercial