Google’s bargain plug-in media streaming device, the Chromecast, announced a few months ago, has become Time’s Gadget of the Year, beating the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Nokia to the top spot – something for the internet giant to definitely celebrate with a cheeky glass of red.
Explaining the reasons behind their decision, the renowned magazine said, “Lots of companies have built devices to do this; Chromecast is the first one that gets it right.”
The Time also applauded the Chromecast for its overall simplicity and straightforward functionality, which can easily be backed up by the positive reviews, received from a number of top technology blogs and publications since its launch.
However, this is the first time since 2010 that Apple has failed to claim the top spot, although the iPad Air and iPad were both treated to second place, with both tablets described as the “best tablet you can buy, in two convenient sizes.”
As well as this, it’s very interesting to see that Apple was the only company to have two products listed in the top ten, with its popular iPhone 5S being placed at fifth position. Nokia’s Lumia 1020 was also recognized, receiving the tenth spot, becoming the only other smartphone featured on the list besides the iPhone. The full list can be seen below:
- Google Chromecast
- Apple iPad Air and iPad mini w/ Retina display
- Oculus Rift Development Kit
- Pebble Smartwatch
- Apple iPhone 5s
- Microsoft Xbox One
- Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
- Nest Protect
- Leap Motion Controller
- Nokia Lumia 1020
For those of you who aren’t entirely sure what the Chromecast actually is, it’s a device similar in size to a regular USB thumb drive, made to attach to attach to a TV via a HDMI port, streaming services such YouTube, Netflix, Google Music and Pandora.
It’s fair to say that Google has certainly worked hard to get such a positive response for its Chromecast TV accessory, with potential to see an even better successor in the near future.