Qualcomm have just unveiled their new 4K streaming adaptor and it will be going up against the vastly popular Google Chromecast. Google’s answer to the Apple TV and Roku Streaming Stick is a low-cost alternative which gives you the opportunity to stream online videos, tv shows and music straight to your television set with a simply plug and play dongle stick. The Chromecast turns any TV set into an extra large monitor for all your streaming needs and can be used in conjunction with your smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop. You simply plug it in to your HDMI port on your TV and the device comes alive when a compatible app beams its content from one of your devices.
Surprisingly there still isn’t a vast amount of compatible apps for these streaming devices but that is slowly changing and most services are sitting up and taking notice of their popularity and looking to adapt their apps and services to reflect this. Apps currently utilising the streaming handshake are the BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Now TV, BlinkBox, Vevo, BT Sport, YouTube and more.
What makes the Chromecast universally appealing aside from its ease of use is its impressively low £30 price tag. Compared with that of the Apple TV which weighs in at around £70 and the new Amazon Fire TV which is around the £60-£70 mark the Chromecast and the newly unveiled Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adaptor are being offered as lower cost substitutes in the marketplace. However, this does mean that both these more reasonably priced options do come stripped down to the bare minimum and are unable to offer certain features, settings and don’t come with a remote control – although you can use your smartphone for this purpose.
So how does the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adaptor differ from its competitors and how does it fare up against its Google counterpart? Under its miniscule hood the adaptor runs a Snapdragon 800 processor, which will reportedly be upgraded to the 810 for its next version, and also uses Android as its operating software. Of course the highlight is its ability to stream in 4K, the highest video resolution offered currently by any of its competitors. It’s still at the prototype stage at the moment but has all the promise of a hugely competitive little streaming device. The 4K, or UltraHD, resolution will certainly appeal to gamers looking to beam their favourite arcade or casino games, and taking advantage of a free casino bonus or two, to a bigger screen with little effort. So you’ll be able to take pleasure in the games you play and the movies you watch all in the full HD clarity they were supposed to be enjoyed in in the first place.