After several failed attempts at integrating TV into Google’s ecosystem, they finally got it right with the Chromecast, a cheap $35 dongle that takes over your TV but still leaves your android handset as the focus. It has been at the top of best sellers’ lists ever since it was first released.
Sure there are others in the market, but this cheap dongle keeps many users in the ecosystem as other platforms won’t work with the device. Now, if Windows Phone Daily is to be believed, Microsoft is working on its own version of the dongle to help out the lagging Windows Phone market.
FCC documents have been uncovered that outline an upcoming streaming device which will feature Wi-Fi, HDMI and USB ports. Also uncovered are further filings at the Wi-Fi alliance that show the device will use Miracast to send content. Working with both Windows Phone and Windows Computers, Windows Phone 8.1 already has the Project My Screen feature, which allows mirroring your display to a monitor, television, or projector through a wired or wireless connection.
It still remains to be seen if the dongle will offer the same movie and music screen on playback. Miracast alone will not provide this usability but Microsoft is bound to have other software in development. The dongle will most importantly provide more leverage to users of the Windows platform. This will also make it much more attractive to those considering switching to Windows OS.
The Windows Phone platform is always pushing in the right direction, does this make it more attractive to you to use? Let us know in the comments below or on social networks.