Google today announced a $35 streaming-TV dongle called the Chromecast, and everyone promptly went nuts.
The product sold out almost immediately. For a while, the Chromecast coverage was the most popular content on CNET -- surpassing interest even in the newly announced (and very promising) Nexus 7 tablet.
Headlines from Business Insider ("Google announced a brand-new Apple TV-killer...") and the Huffington Post ("Chromecast is Google's $35 Apple TV and Roku killer") summed up the techie conventional wisdom, which was echoed widely on Twitter.
As usual, it's not quite that cut and dried. Yes, this … Read more