We recently asked you which you find more interesting: Google’s new Chromecast dongle, or the older (more mature) Google TV. The results are in, and not surprisingly, almost half of all Pocketables readers who responded said that they found the Chromecast the most interesting thing from Google that one can plug into a TV (48%, to be precise).
Less than 15% showed any interest in Google TV, while a third said that both were interesting, while the remainder – 4% – said they couldn’t care less either way.
It’s certainly a worthwhile question. With the Chromecast, Google is rethinking how we interact with our televisions. Rather than learning new user interfaces, we use what we’re already familiar with – the apps on our phones – to stream content to our televisions. The Chromecast is even able to control input, power, and even potentially volume and other controls that have, until now, been the sole domain of individual remote controls that always seem to get lost between the couch cushions.
While the Chromecast still has a ways to go before it’s completely polished (I’m talking of more app support and an open SDK for developers who want to cast all the things), Google is still working on it. OTA updates are coming fairly regularly, and it’s only a matter of time before this little dongle gets even more useful.
In any case, are you surprised by these results, or is this what you expected? If you have the Chromecast, what are your thoughts? How does it compare to Google TV? Continue on your discussion in the comments below!