The Chromecast You mainly know it as a device that you hang on your television. However, the technology in the Chromecast has also been incorporated into televisions and media players. Both devices run on the Cast OS, which means that the functions and possibilities are completely the same. In this article everything about built-in Chromecast.
The possibilities of a Chromecast built-in? Basically it comes down to the fact that you can use media cast from a smartphone, tablet or PC, provided you have a suitable app. Then think about Spotify, YouTube or Netflix. There are some minor nuance differences, but the essence of a Chromecast built-in is the same.
You can recognize televisions and media players with Chromecast built-in by the term ‘Chromecast built-in’. Freely translated, it says ‘Chromecast built-in’. Otherwise, you should pay attention to the term Google Cast. That’s an umbrella term for all devices that support Google’s technology.
Also read: What is casting?
If your television, soundbar or media player has Chromecast built-in, you no longer need a separate Chromecast to be able to cast content. Casting is the principle of projecting content on a different screen than the source device: from your smartphone to your TV, for example.
You can cast video and audio content. You can also completely transfer the screen of a tablet, PC or smartphone, provided that function is supported. While casting, you can control the media from the source device, but sometimes you can also use the TV remote.
When you buy a TV or media player with Android TV on board (it must be an official version), you can assume that Chromecast is built-in. Other devices, such as those from LG and Apple, can also support Chromecast (built-in).
So to use built-in Chromecast, you need a source device and a receiver. But also an app with which you can view content. Within the app you will find the cast function in various places; where the button is positioned differs per app.
These apps support Chromecast
There are over a thousand applications currently that support Chromecast. Google has created a page for this, in which you can see all those applications. If an application is added, Google will update the page – so you are always informed.
A large number apps with video content you may already recognize: Netflix, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Disney+, Video country, Plex, Pokémon TV, Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime Video, and Dailymotion. You can cast music with Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn Radio, Deezer, Qobuz, YouTube Music and Tidal.
Often it is stated in the application description – in the App Store and Google Play Store – whether an app offers support for Google Cast. Otherwise you can find out by doing your own research or by looking for the cast button within the possibilities of an application.
Control apps with Chromecast built-in
You can control content that you cast via Chromecast in three different ways:
- Via an app: content can be played and paused via the app. Meanwhile, you can look up other videos or music while listening or watching what you just set up.
- Via the remote control: once you have started watching, you can also use your remote control. If you cast to your TV, you use that remote. Are you casting to a media player or soundbar? Then you just grab it, but usually you can control those devices with your TV remote.
- Via voice control: as a smarthome owner, you may already be familiar with the term ‘OK, Google’. As soon as a smart speaker or smart display hears it, the Google Assistant starts listening to you. You can ask the Assistant to set up certain content within a specific app and on which device you want to play it.
Devices with Chromecast built-in
Many different multimedia devices have Chromecast built-in. This means that you do not have to purchase a separate HDMI dongle. All the necessary technology is simply in your television or media player. Does the device have Android TV? Then you’re baked anyway.
Well-known brands that supply televisions with Android TV include Philips, Sony and Sharp, while brands such as Toshiba and Vizio are working hard. In addition, you have brands such as LG and Hisense, which can offer the same kind of functionality to a limited extent.
So pay attention to the correct logos, such as the Chromecast logo, when purchasing. In addition to televisions, media players often have Chromecast built-in. Think of media player from Nvidia, Xiaomi and Google of course. Amazon media players do not have Chromecast on board.
Finally, there are smart speakers and displays with built-in Chromecast. That includes products from Harman Kardon, Google, LG, JBL, Sony, Panasonic, and more. In short: you can enjoy a lot of content on many different devices, provided you get the right hardware.
You also need to make sure that the installation is done correctly. Do you find yourself running into problems? No problem, because they are often resolved quickly. It can help to adjust the Wi-Fi network, for example, otherwise a hard reset is often the solution.
Advantages and disadvantages of Chromecast built-in
The big advantage of built-in Chromecast is that you don’t have to get an extra device at home. Not only does that save an HDMI port on your television, but you also have an outlet; two connections that you can use for a large number of other devices.
In addition, a lot of apps on Android TV are missing. Some apps that you do use on your smartphone are not available on your TV or media player. And then it’s handy that you can simply cast the missing apps from your smartphone or tablet (or PC) to your television.
Speaking of your PC, it’s really easy to share your PC’s screen with your TV, allowing you to share photos and videos with your family or friends, for example. The same applies, of course, to the content stored on your smartphone. Provided, of course, that everything is on the same WiFi network.
The downside of built-in Chromecast is that you have to connect your TV to the internet, which makes it vulnerable to attack. Right, even your TV isn’t safe from hackers. An entrance to your router can be found via the TV, giving the hacker access to your entire network.
If you want to read more about Chromecasts in general, you’ve come to the right place. Are you still unsure about a model to be purchased separately? Then it is a good thing that we have tested all models.
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