Google’s Chromecast now available locally

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GOOGLE Philippines and Globe Telecom officially announced the availability of Chromecast in the country starting today (December 14).

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Chromecast is a thumb-sized (2.83-inch) media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on any HDTV. Chromecast has sold more than 20 million devices worldwide.

“Chromecast connects your phone, tablet or computer to your television so you can watch your favorite shows and movies with ease. This powerful yet affordable streaming device is a TV buff’s best friend and we’re excited to make it available in the Philippines,” Mickey Kim, head of Asia-Pacific Partnerships for Google Chromecast, said during the product launch.

The device runs a simplified version of Chrome OS and currently supports the YouTube app and Google Play Movies as well as apps including Hooq and Spotify. Besides that, users are able to mirror any website in Chrome or media content from their laptop, Android phone or tablet to their TV.

With Chromecast, Kim said your phone becomes your personalized remote control.

“Use the apps you know on your phone to search and browse, play, pause, rewind, control the volume and even make playlists. While casting, users are free to use their phone for other things. Friends and family can cast to their TV using their own phone or tablet too with no additional set-up required. Everyone can sit back and enjoy together on the biggest screen in their home,” he said.

Chromecast works with Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads, Chrome for Windows, Chrome for Mac, and Chromebooks. Aside from tablets and phones, users can directly cast their Chrome tabs to any HDTV screen for a more immersive experience.

“Multiple users can also take advantage of Chromecast as long as they are connected to the same WiFi network. Multitasking is also a breeze because all a user needs to do is cast the content and they can switch to another app or open a new browser all without affecting the media being cast to the TV,” Kim said.

“We are thrilled to bring Chromecast to Filipinos,” Ken Lingan, Google Philippines country manager, said. “We Pinoys take our entertainment seriously. Whether you’re a TV buff or a music lover, Chromecast makes it easy to access a vast library of videos, music, and pictures.”

Dan Horan, senior advisor for Consumer Business at Globe, said, “We are excited to work closely with Google to bring Chromecast to the country with our wide array of offers available to all our mobile and broadband customers. With Chromecast, we hope to transform the entertainment experience at home and offer Filipinos a new way to stream their favorite entertainment content perfect for today’s digital lifestyle.”

Chromecast is officially available in Globe stores starting at P1,995.

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