Google Releases Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast
The $15 Ethernet adapter is designed to bolster streaming via Chromecast for those with poor WiFi connectivity.Google appears to have quietly released a $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast users with spotty WiFi connectivity. It's unclear when the company released the device, but media reports about its availability appear to have resulted in the product being sold out on Google Store. Android Police first reported on the new device Wednesday along with a photo of the product. Google itself has said nothing publicly about the Ethernet adapter. The company did not respond immediately to a request seeking more information on the product and when it will be available next. Google's Chromecast allows users to stream audio and video content from their laptop, smartphone and other mobile device directly to a TV via WiFi. Earlier this year, the company announced that Chromecast would soon allow users to play Android and iOS games on their big screen TVs without the need for them to mirror content from their game consoles or mobile devices first.
The company claims to have sold millions of the $35 to $40 devices to users around the world since it was launched in July 2013. Chromecast is currently only second to Roku in the streaming media market with some 20 percent market share compared with Roku's 29 percent share, according to market figures from Parks Associates. The analyst firm's report shows that Google's growth has come at the expense of Apple TV in particular, which dropped to third place with a 17 percent share in 2014.