Chromecast is Google’s hugely successful Trojan Horse into your home


Google's secret weapon for getting inside our homes and deeper within the fabric of our daily lives is not smart appliance maker Nest or even its ubiquitous Android operating system. The Chromecast, which Google refreshed today with a 2.0 version for video and a new device solely for audio streaming, has sold 20 million units since 2013. By providing a stripped-down tool instead of an all-in-one solution, Google is able to serve as the interface between apps and hardware.

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