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Chromecast vs Firestick-Time for an upgrade January 2022

Updated: December 2, 2021

Firestick is the most popular streaming device in the world. It has been a while since Amazon has introduced Firestick in the market. 

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Chromecast is a small device which can be used to stream content from your smartphone and computer to your TV. It was launched by Google. 

Google has already carved out a name for its Chromecast streaming device in the market and users love it for its simplicity and ease of use. Firestick is also designed to give a tough competition to Chromecast. Let's have a look at the features of both these devices and decide which one you should prefer to buy.

In User Interface and control, Which is better?

Chromecast comes with an HDMI cable, power adapter, and a USB cable. In order to set up Chromecast, you need to plug it into the HDMI port of your TV's back panel and connect it to a power source using the included USB cable. 

After connecting it to an HDMI port and powering it on, you need to download the Google Home app in your smartphone or tablet to set up Chromecast. The setup process is very simple and doesn't take much time.

Firestick comes with an HDMI cable, power adapter, and a remote control that can be used for navigation through Firestick's user interface. You will also get earbuds with a microphone that can be used for voice search with Alexa voice remote of Firestick. 

The setup process of Firestick takes less time than that of Chromecast. So, if you are looking for an easy-to-use streaming media device, then Firestick will be your best choice as it comes with a remote control as well.

Search

Both these devices have their own search engines i.e Google search engine for Chromecast and Alexa Voice Search for Firestick. 

While using Chromecast, you can use your voice to search for content from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube Videos etc on the TV screen just like Apple TV or Roku. Firestick offers thousands of movies and TV shows which are curated by IMDb editors and they are updated on a daily basis. 

You can even use the Alexa Voice Remote feature of Firestick to search for content by speaking directly into your remote instead of typing on the keyboard of the remote control if you are searching for something specific on Firestick's interface. Both these devices provide their own unique experience while searching through the content available through them on TV Screen in terms of voice search capabilities.

In performance and quality, which is better: Chromecast or Firestick?

Both these devices provide HD viewing experience through their respective apps that are developed by Google or Amazon for streaming video content through them on your TV Screen in UHD (4K) quality at 60 frames per second (fps). Both these devices offer UHD content from YouTube videos and Netflix, although you will get more content from Netflix on Firestick. Firestick offers 4K content but the quality of 4K videos on Firestick is not as good as the one offered by Chromecast.

Apps and services

Chromecast has a wide range of apps and services that you can use with it. It supports major apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, YouTube, Google Play Movies and TV, Google Play Music, etc. 

The only major app that is missing from Chromecast is Amazon Prime Video, which can be watched on Chromecast using a workaround (casting Amazon Prime Video content from your smartphone to Chromecast) and also by downloading third-party apps like AllCast. 

You can cast your photos and videos to any TV that has Chromecast connected to it. Chromecast also supports Google Home and SmartThings hubs. So, if you are looking for an affordable streaming device with a wide range of apps and services supported by it then Chromecast is the best choice for you.

Firestick is a streaming media device made by Amazon in collaboration with Alexa. It supports all the major apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, YouTube, Google Play Movies and TV, etc. 

Some of the popular apps like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are missing from Firestick, although they are available on Apple TV or Roku (we will discuss these devices in detail in another article). 

Firestick has a unique feature called Alexa Voice Remote with which you can search for content within the Firestick framework or use Alexa to search for content using your voice in other streaming apps that are available through it. 

If you are looking for an all-in-one solution for streaming video content through your TV screen then Firestick is the best choice for you as it comes with an Alexa Voice Remote and makes watching movies, sports events, news channels, etc easier than ever before because you can just ask Alexa about the latest episode of Game of Thrones or your favorite sports team's score, etc. 

If you are new to Firestick or planning to buy it for someone else who is new to it then I would suggest buying it along with an Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet so that he/she can read more about this device as well as learn how to use it easily.

Additional features

Apart from the features mentioned above, both these devices offer their own unique features. Chromecast allows you to stream content directly from your mobile device to your TV through a mobile app. 

The mobile app of Chromecast is available for both Android and iOS users. Firestick offers features like voice search through Alexa Remote and its own App Store which offers more than 5,000 apps and games for streaming content on your TV.

Chromecast & Firestick Price in India

Chromecast is priced higher than Firestick in India. Amazon Firestick is available at a price of Rs 2,499 in India. On the other hand, Chromecast is available at a price of $35 in the US which translates into Rs 1,200 in India.

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Chromecast comes with an HDMI cable, power adapter, and a USB cable. In order to set up Chromecast, you need to plug it into the HDMI port of your TV's back panel and connect it to a power source using the included USB cable. After connecting it to an HDMI port and powering it on, you need to download the Google Home app in your smartphone or tablet to set up Chromecast. 

The setup process is very simple and doesn't take much time. You can also cast content from any other device that supports Google Cast if you are having an Android device or if you are having an iOS device then you can use Google Chrome browser's cast feature to cast videos stored on your computer on your TV screen through Chromecast device connected to it.

Chromecast is a USB-drive sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port of your TV. It is very easy to use as it comes with a small remote control with just 3 buttons that can be used to power on/off the device and control the volume of TV. 

You can also connect Chromecast through your Smartphone using the Google Home app in order to cast the content stored on your smartphone on TV using the Chromecast device. Chromecast has its own app store where you will get thousands of apps and games to stream from your smartphone on your TV screen.

Chromecast is powered by Google Casting technology which is a wireless streaming feature developed by Google for smart TVs, music systems, speakers and other home devices including video game consoles that are manufactured by different companies such as Sony and Microsoft. 

If you are having a smartphone or tablet then you can cast videos or photos stored on your device through the Google Home app on your device through Chromecast. You will have to download the Google Home app from the Play Store in case you are having an Android phone or from the App Store in case you are having an iOS device.

One of the best features of Chromecast is that it comes with built-in Wi-Fi and it doesn't need a separate Wi-Fi router as it connects directly to a Wi-Fi router through an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi connection that is available through your smartphone or computer in order to stream content from the Internet on your TV directly. 

Another great feature of Chromecast is that it offers multi-room audio support which means that you can play the same content on multiple Chromecasts at once. For example, you can use one Chromecast in order to play music throughout your home while using another Chromecast for streaming videos for family members or guests who are sitting together in one room.

Easy Setup

Setting up Amazon Firestick is easier than setting up Google Chromecast. Firestick comes with a remote control and it doesn't require any additional hardware for setting up Firestick as it will turn into a fully functional streaming device once it is set up properly. You have to follow instructions mentioned in the user manual of Firestick to set up properly and start using Firestick with ease for watching videos and listening to music on your Smart TV screen. 

After connecting it with the HDMI port, you have to connect it to the power source using an included power adapter and then attach an Alexa voice remote control with it in order to use voice search capability through Alexa voice remote control. You can attach an earphone/earbud with a microphone to the Alexa voice remote control of Firestick in order to perform voice search feature through earphones while watching movies or listening to music on Firestick's interface.

Setting up Google Chromecast is also very easy as you just have to plug in its HDMI cable into the HDMI port of your TV and then plug it into power source using a USB cable included with it and lastly, download the Google Home app from Play Store or App Store in case if you are having an Android device or iOS device respectively, in order to set up properly and start using Google Chromecast without any hassle. 

The process takes less than 10 minutes which makes setting up Chromecast more simple than setting up Firestick.

Connects To the Google Home app

After completing the setup process of both these devices, you can start using them in order to stream content from the Internet on your TV screen while sitting comfortably on the couch while holding a remote control in hand. Both these devices come with their own dedicated apps i.e.,

Google Home app for Chromecast and Amazon Prime Video app for Firestick respectively which can be downloaded from their respective app stores i.e., Play Store for Android or App Store for iOS devices respectively. 

You will have access to thousands of movies and TV shows through these apps after installing them on your smart TV screen or smartphone/tablet respectively if you are having either one of these devices connected with your Smart TV screen.

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Google has already launched its new platform named Google Assistant which comes as a built-in feature with Google Home smart speaker. It can be used to control Chromecast. So, you can say "Ok Google, play Netflix on my living room TV". You will be able to see live video from the camera of the selected device in a small box on your TV screen. 

This feature is especially useful if you have multiple devices setup with Chromecast. Apart from this, you can also view content from compatible devices (i.e., Android phones, iPhones, Windows computers and Chromebooks) on your TV screen, but you will have to install an additional app called Chromecast to cast the content on the TV screen using Chromecast.

Firestick comes with a built-in Alexa voice remote which can be used to control Firestick and view video from compatible cameras and smartphones. 

You can say "Alexa, show me the front door" or "Alexa show me the backyard" to see live video from your compatible camera or smartphone in a small box on your TV screen. If you want to view your entire library of images from your smartphone or computer, you can say "show me my pictures".

 You will get all the images from your smartphone or computer on your TV screen in a slideshow format. However, Firestick doesn't support Google Assistant i.e., it doesn't come with a built-in mic like Google Home which makes it impossible for you to use Firestick for voice search for viewing content from your smartphone or computer on TV Screen.

Cast Tabs From Your Laptop/Desktop:

Chromecast allows users to cast tabs from their laptop/desktop computers directly to their TV through Chromecast devices. 

For this purpose, users have to install Google Chrome browser in their computers and use it to cast tabs through Chromecast on TV screen while watching videos online or playing games online. Amazon doesn't offer something similar in Firestick; however, there is a workaround available for this purpose which is not convenient as compared to that offered by Chromecast. 

To cast tabs from computers through Firestick, users need to install an extension called 'Flare' in their Chrome browser and then connect their Firestick with their computer using an Ethernet cable and launch the extension in the Chrome browser which will let them mirror any tab in their computer's browser to their TV Screen through Firestick instantly without any lag time whatsoever.

Control With Your Voice:

Google Assistant which comes as a built-in feature with Google Home smart speaker can be used to control Chromecast using voice commands issued by a user while using Google Home as a remote control for Chromecast. So, if you want to play video on your TV using Chromecast, then you just need to say "Ok Google, play [Video Name] on my living room TV" into Google Home speaker and the video will start playing on your TV instantly without any lag time whatsoever because of its integration with Google Home speaker through which everything is controlled by voice commands issued by users which works flawlessly with no lag time at all.

Control Seamlessly With Your Smartphone

From anywhere in your house, you can control your Firestick using your smartphone or tablet. You can browse through the content, launch apps, and make calls on your Firestick using your smartphone or tablet. Chromecast doesn't support a remote control for navigation. You will be required to use your phone to control Chromecast.

No Optional Remote

Chromecast requires you to use your mobile phone as a remote while controlling it. However, if you want to remove the clutter of wires and want a simple remote then Chromecast is not the option for you. In contrast, you won't be required to use your smartphone/tablet as a remote while controlling Firestick. 

It comes with an Alexa voice remote which makes navigation seamless. The voice remote comes with some handy buttons that make it easier for you to navigate through the user interface.

Connects To TV With An Attached Cord

Chromecast connects directly to an HDMI port of your TV's back panel which makes it a hassle-free device when it comes to connecting it to TV. However, if you want to move Chromecast to another TV then you will need to buy an additional cable in order to connect it to another TV. 

On the other hand, you can connect Firestick directly to the back panel of any TV using the included HDMI cable or you can connect it wirelessly through a Wi-Fi connection. 

So, if you are looking for a portable device then Firestick is the best choice for you. It is also compatible with more than 15000 devices worldwide and supports Wi-Fi connectivity. 

However, if plugging in wires is not an issue for you then Chromecast will be your best choice as it comes with an HDMI cable that can be used for direct connection with any TV without the need of any other cable or adapter. 

You can simply plug in the HDMI cable directly into the HDMI port of your TV's back panel and enjoy streaming services on your TV using Chromecast without any hassles.

Big In Size

Firestick is a large device which can even fit into your pocket but it isn't portable like Chromecast which is small in size and can be carried anywhere in your pocket or bag without taking much space and weight compared to Firestick. If mobility is not an issue for you then Firestick will be your best choice as it comes with Alexa voice remote which makes navigation easy and seamless.

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Firestick is a small device which you can plug in to your TV's HDMI port and connect it to a power source using an included USB cable. You will get remote control with the Alexa voice remote of Firestick, which can be used for navigation through Firestick's user interface. 

Firestick's UI is quite easy to use and you will get a number of different categories in it like Movies, TV Shows, Music, Games, Sports and many more. You can view all the content available in your library and play any content on your TV screen with just one click.

Firestick comes pre-installed with apps of many popular streaming services such as Amazon Video, Hotstar, Netflix, Eros Now, Zee5, SonyLiv and YouTube among others. You can also install many other apps like JioCinema, Voot and Doordarshan on Firestick if you want. You can multitask by playing various content at the same time on TV.

You can connect Firestick to the internet either by using Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. It comes with an Alexa voice remote that can be used for voice search with voice commands. With the help of the voice search feature of Alexa voice remote, you can easily find any content that you are looking for without using the keyboard of your smartphone or tablet.

Alexa Remote

Firestick comes with a voice-activated Alexa voice remote. It is powered by Voice Controlled Streaming Media Device. You can control it by talking to it or you can also use the remote control. 

Alexa voice remote has enabled hands-free access to Amazon Firestick and also to Alexa Voice Service. Alexa voice remote can perform multiple tasks like launching apps, ordering pizza, and controlling media playback.

Easy Setup

Firestick comes with a pre-installed version of Kodi 17.6. It is an open source software that is used for streaming movies, TV shows, and other content online on Firestick. The setup process of Firestick is very easy and doesn't take much time. 

You will get the option to set up your Firestick with your Amazon account or without it. Some users prefer to create an Amazon account while setting up Firestick but if you are looking for a device that keeps your online identity a secret, then you can choose the option of setting up Firestick without creating an Amazon account.

With Your Voice, View Your Camera On Your TV

You can stream videos from your smartphone to your TV screen with Firestick using its Alexa Remote or Google Home app. It means you can use Alexa or Google Assistant app to view videos from your smartphone on the TV screen with ease of just saying "Alexa" or "OK Google". 

It makes watching videos easier as you don't have to stay at one place in order to control your TV screen. You can move around freely while watching videos on your TV screen through Firestick.

Play Content From Your Smartphone

Firestick comes with an inbuilt Kodi 17.6 media player that gives access to various streaming apps and add-ons like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Vudu etc which let you watch videos on-demand and live TV through Firestick. 

You can also play audio files, view photos, and listen to music through the Kodi media player on your Firestick. However, you cannot play video files with the help of Kodi media player on Firestick as it comes with a 4 GB memory capacity which is not sufficient for playing heavy-quality video files. 

Other than Kodi media player, there is also an option of watching content from your smartphone on a bigger screen with the help of Google Home app as well as Alexa voice remote of Firestick.

Restricted Ecosystem

Amazon has its own ecosystem where all the products of Amazon work seamlessly together and this is not the case with Google Chromecast which has become popular due to its open ecosystem where any application works seamlessly together without depending upon any single third-party application or service provider. 

Even though Amazon has launched its Prime Video service in India, it still lacks many popular applications like Netflix and Hulu compared to Chromecast which offers a huge range of applications for streaming movies and TV shows online on your TV screen through Chromecast device or smartphone/laptop/computer connected to Chromecast device through HDMI port of your TV screen.

Conclusion

After going through all the details about the two popular media streaming devices i.e Chromecast and Firestick here are our final thoughts regarding the comparison between them:

For those who want to stick with the Google ecosystem then we suggest they go for Chromecast as it comes at a much cheaper price than Amazon's FireStick while offering an almost similar user interface experience along with great search capabilities from Google Search engine.

Written by Sumit Pandey

My name is Sumit Kumar Pandey and I’m a content writer and blogger who specializes in writing about technology, web design, and online marketing.

After working as a research scholar in the engineering field for many years, I’m now a full-time content writer, helping people get more exposure and generate more leads for their businesses.

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