Google Chromecast Is About to Renew Its Assault on Apple TV

When Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) unveiled Chromecast back in July, the slick little $35 streaming device took some flack for only being compatible with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Google's Chrome browser.

Still, considering Google promised more functionality down the road in the form of automatic updates, the Fool's Steve Symington maintained Chromecast could pose a significant threat to Apple's  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) more comprehensive $99 Apple TV product down the road.

Meanwhile, Google has followed through on its promise so far, adding support for Hulu Plus and Pandora in October, followed by HBO Go last month.

Now, however, astute software developers have spotted code in the latest updates to Google's Android OS which indicate full-screen mirroring for Chromecast could be on the way.

In the following video, Steve talks about what Google's move would mean for investors, developers, and users alike. Check out the video below to get his full take, then feel free weigh in below to let us know whether you think full-display mirroring for Chromecast could be a big deal.

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  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2013, at 2:20 PM, Hauptheman wrote:

    I wish they had done it with the first version. I bought and returned it after I found out it only mirrored 1 tab from google chrome. Very inconvenient.

    If and when they do get to full mirroring I would by it from every television I own as I'm sure most people would.

    Last but of feedback, they need to make the devise get power from the host tv. Doesn't make sense to have it plugged in.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2013, at 3:14 PM, Jake548 wrote:

    Google was pretty clear from the start that they would be adding more functionality down the road, and they are delivering.

    Android device screen mirroring will be a welcome addition. PC full screen mirroring was available early on as an "experimental" feature (I'm not sure if that's been upgraded to "stable" yet or not).

    @Hauptheman: If your TV has a USB port, the device can get power from the TV that way (that's how I have mine set up). Otherwise, it will need outside power. I don't think the HDMI connection is capable of putting out enough power to actually run any device, so it will have to have some other source.

  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2013, at 11:16 PM, TMFAeassa wrote:

    @ Steve Symington

    Nice video. BTW, I see you have degrees in CS and Math - same here. Always love to see others with a similar background share the same passion for tech investing.

    Thanks!

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2013, at 12:21 AM, TMFSymington wrote:

    @aeassa, Thanks! Birds of a feather, right? (grin)

    Fool on,

    Steve

  • Report this Comment On December 11, 2013, at 11:46 AM, wbaglivio wrote:

    Let me know when it plays music and video from my itunes library.

  • Report this Comment On December 12, 2013, at 9:51 AM, MacMortal wrote:

    I don't see this as an assault on Apple as more as an assault on Roku.

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