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Google’s new HDMI dongle puts Chrome OS on your TV

It looks like Google is making another push for Chrome OS with its new HDMI dongle, which will bring the operating system to your TV screen. The new Chrome device is called the Chromebit and contains all of the hardware necessary to run Chrome OS.

The tiny little HDMI stick packs in a Rockchip 3288 system on chip, 2GB of RAM, 16Gb of internal storage, a USB 2.0 port, WiFi 802.11ac wireless support and an ARM Mali 760 quad-core graphics chip.

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Just like Intel’s own HDMI dongle, all you need to do is plug it in to a HDMI port on the back of your TV. However, you can swivel the main part of the stick around so that it isn’t directly protruding out of the back of your TV.

The device will have a battery life but Google does not know the specifics of it just yet. The first Chromebit will be made by Asus and will retail for under $99. It will come in silver, blue or orange later this summer.

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KitGuru Says: It will be interesting to see how Chrome OS works on a TV, rather than a laptop. It will be also be interesting to see how this affects the company’s plans for the Chromecast, the more affordable streaming stick.

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