A link for something called Chromecast has been showing up sporadically today in the â€œAbout Devicesâ€ page of the â€œGoogle Playâ€ support section on Google. Weâ€™re not sure whether or not itâ€™s going to be an official moniker for a device or service, but it certainly has a catchy name.
Speculation has swung from it being the name of a new generation of AppleTV-like set-top boxes to it being a simple HDMI/Wi-Fi/content gateway adapter that would allow for cheap AirPlay-like connectivity between Google devices and HDTVs. It might also instead be a hybrid device-and-service thing, mashing up the likes of YouTube with other content providers like Netflix and Hulu to create a way for any HDTV to view any Web video content anytime â€“ provided it somehow goes through a Google Play-connected device first.
But thatâ€™s all conjecture; we have no way of knowing, as the link has since disappeared. It wasnâ€™t available everywhere and to everyone (this writer was able to snag the above screengrab using a proxy server). When it was live it went to a â€œpage not foundâ€ error.
A mystery product showing up on a support site a mere 24 hours before an announcement event â€“ like the one Google has planned for tomorrow â€“ means that we likely wonâ€™t have to wait long to find out exactly what Chromecast is.Â The idea of a â€œChrome dongleâ€ has been floating around the Androidosphere for awhile, and it could be that simple.
In related news, this writer was able to type the word â€œAndroidosphereâ€ without laughing out loud and will be changing his preferred DJ name to â€œChrome Dongleâ€.