Chromecast for Pandora: Google's TV Streaming Device Gets An Update That Provides Compatibility With Radio Serivce
Google's Chromecast made a splash when the company unveiled it several weeks ago. The device is a small flash-drive sized dongle that can plug into the HDMI port of your TV and allow you to stream video and media content through your mobile device via your home's WiFi.
Chromecast users can now access their Pandora account now via the free Android and iOS applications for smartphones and tablets. The $35 device now has the capability to stream all of your favorite customized stations. Pandora joins Vimeo, Redbox Instant, Netflix, YouTube and Hulu Plus as being services with compatible app for the device. HBO is reportedly working on a compatibility update to its apps as well. It's also important to note that the device is still useful for websites and media players that don't have apps. The device can always mirror any Google Chrome webpage directly from the browser on your computer.
"More than one-third of radio listening takes place in the home and we are continually innovating and investing in new platforms that help us seamlessly deliver access to Pandora across a broad range of connected devices," Pandora CTO and Executive VP of product Tom Conrad said in a statement, according to Mashable. "By integrating Google Cast technology into our mobile apps, users now have another easy access point to a better listening experience from the biggest screen in their living room."
According to the site, once Pandora is streamed from your mobile device it will act as a remote control to do basic functions like pause, play and skip. The Chromecast is currently only available in the United States but international users have reportedly accessed the Android app on the Google Play Store.
Do you use the Chromecast device? Tell us what you think of it. If you don't, will the inclusion of a Pandora or HBO app entice you to go ahead and spend the $35? Comment and share your thoughts with us below.