Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Google-owned Motorola now selling Chromecast TV dongle

updated 07:20 pm EST, Mon November 18, 2013

Motorola now selling Chromecast dongle

Google may be working to tie its struggling Motorola arm even tighter to Google's own operations, as the mobile device maker is now selling Google's Chromecast TV streaming dongle directly from its own site. The move is the latest illustration of Google's control over the company it bought last year, a reality that could give Google's Android device manufacturing partners pause, as it may signal a growing interconnectedness between the companies. The addition of Motorola as an outlet for purchasing the Chromecast gives consumers multiple options for acquiring the small streaming device, including Best Buy, Amazon, and Google Play.

In order to assuage its Android manufacturing partners' fears, Google promised upon buying Motorola that it would operate the device maker as a separate arm, and that it would get no special treatment from Google. While Google executives have shown up at Motorola launch events, and while Google has filled the upper echelons of Motorola's executive lists with former Googlers, the search giant has reportedly kept Motorola at an arm's length. The appearance of Chromecast on Motorola's store could signal that that is changing.

Revealed in a surprise move earlier this year, Chromecast is a USB-powered device that attaches to an HDMI input and streams content from smartphones, tablets, or computers to an HDTV or other large displays. The device initially saw overwhelming demand, exhausting the supply of three-month free Netflix subscriptions Google was bundling with it. Since then, the Chromecast has seen increased support from a number of content providers, with HBO and others adding Chromecast compatibility to their apps and web services.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Prong PWR Case

Ultimately there's one thing we all want from smartphone accessories; we want options. When it comes to keeping our iPhone charged, we ...

iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Speaker

There's no reason why your tech can't look good while doing what it was designed to do. That's the reason that sports cars look good a ...

Logitech Gaming Daedalus Prime Mouse

Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Bui ...

Advertisement

toggle

Most Commented