Google on Wednesday revived an earlier attempt to get into online video streaming with the introduction of the "Chromecast"— a two-inch $35 gadget that will compete with Apple TV. It plugs into the HDMI port of standard televisions and let users stream YouTube and Netflix videos from their smartphones to the TV.
Google also showcased a new-generation, slimmer Nexus 7 tablet that the Internet search company hopes will expand its presence in consumer hardware, and ensure that its online services remain front-and-center on mobile devices.
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Google's new Chromecast gadget will employ a stripped-down version of the Chrome operating system, now used primarily for laptop computers.