To wrap up the year, TIME's been working on a "Top Ten of Everything 2013" series, listing off the top ten items in various categories from Pop Culture and Social Media to, of course, tech gadgets. In that category, TIME listed things like the LEAP Motion controller, Oculus Rift Developer's Kit, and new iPads, but they awarded the top spot to Google's plucky Chromecast dongle.

The piece, published Tuesday and shared by Larry Page on Google+ this evening, lauds the Chromecast's focus - it essentially only does one thing but does it so well, makes it so easy, and costs so little, that picking one up is really hard to resist.

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It's virtually impossible to deny that Google had a great idea with the Chromecast, and at $35, it's an easy buy for almost anyone.

For TIME's full lineup, hit the link below.

Source: TIME Techland, via Larry Page

Liam Spradlin
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  • Colin Dinelli

    Two Apple products in the top 5? Really???

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Yeah, I don't really see the iPads or iPhone 5S as being as... new, innovative, or really compelling as some of the other entries to be honest. Both products have great features, but the other products seem to all be based on somewhat new ideas.

      • Matthew Fry

        If they don't they probably get death threats from the Apple crazies.

      • Knowles2

        I thought the list was lacking in innovation, just technology that been around for years finally reaching the right level of quality and affordability, Oculus rift. or just an upgrade on existing technology making it faster, more pixels. An really the Times could have use an actual picture of the pebble watch, of cause we all know they don't look nearly as nice as the CGI mock up make them look.

      • daniel sutton

        this list is titled top 10 gadgets of 2013, not the most innovative or new. It would not make sense for the iphone or ipad to not be there:

        Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reports that his analysis of Black Friday and Cyber Monday tweets show that the iPad and iPhone "appear to be among the top gifts for 2013."

        these two devices seem to be among the top gifts of 2013

        "Given the positive read on iPad, our December iPad expectations of 24.5 million (7 percent year-over-year growth) appears to be slightly conservative," Munster wrote in a note on Monday. The only potential issue, he said, was supply, which "is generally tight at retail in the U.S."

        It would be strange that the top selling tablet would not be included in a top gadgets list

        "Foxconn is producing 500,000 iPhone 5s units each day, which is the highest output rate ever for a single smartphone model. In addition, shipping times have dropped from 1 to 2 weeks to 3 to 5 days."

        no phone has ever been produced at the rate of the iphone 5s yet stock levels are still low. This seems to make a case that perhaps the iphone should be in the top gadgets of 2013.

    • yodatom10

      they used all there nickels and pennies from samsung to buy them selves slots

  • Timothy Bennett

    I have one but sadly it's useless because I updated it and now I can't cast whatever I want :( Here's hoping google approves my whitelist request

    • Gabernasher

      Google Cast works nicely.

      • Thomas Mc

        No, it doesn't. Even Google hasn't bothered to update their Android Chrome browser to cast, I cannot cast from my phone or tablet, only my desktop. There is no excuse, and that alone proves to me this product is vaporware.

  • Changa Sjudi

    Not first

    • MeCampbell30

      I appreciate your candor.

  • dogulas

    Imagine if they hadn't intentionally broken local playback or provided it via the Gallery app. Imagine if Hangouts, Google+, and games were supported. So much potential still.

    • yodatom10

      we will probably see most of those in 2014

      • Colin Dinelli

        The SDK is released tomorrow apparently, with a hackathon sat/sun

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          But will it be a public release? I doubt they'd announce it on a Saturday for everyone.

          • MeCampbell30
          • Colin Dinelli

            My bad not public, only for devs

          • pervbear

            Well hackathons are generally really good news. And being as the general public have no use for an SDK and the people who will want it will be able to get it this isn't the worse news we have ever had just a great indicator of what is to come.

          • Asphyx

            Of greater concern is will the Whitelisting remain after the SDK is released to whoever it is they release it to?
            If they remove those restrictions then we should see a lot of god stuff before christmas!

      • Thomas Mc

        No, because by then everyone will have bought Android TV sticks (for the same price). Google blocked third party production so long that app developers are now questioning if it is worth the bother to add the code to their apps. Android TVs can run their apps without changes.

        • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

          @Thomas. No one is buying Android TV Sticks from unknown Chinese companies. Until a big name drops one, and puts some marketing behind it, its not going to get any traction.

    • Thomas Mc

      Imagine, if Google hadn't become Evil Incarnate.

      • dogulas

        It's easy if you try.
        You may say I'm a dreamer.
        But I'm not the only one.

  • yodatom10

    somewhere within google theres a party going on... and they didn't invite me :P

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    It needs YouTube live streaming now, Imagine watching Google events on TV!

    • Josh Crumley

      I agree, you can still get this to work via tab casting but it's annoying to have to do that.

  • Ryuuie

    Awesome...right before they possibly release a better version of the Chromecast too..


    • yodatom10

      chromecast is not going anywhere. there marketing this thing like crazy

      • Ryuuie

        You forget, Google likes to replace things once a year. So it stands to reason that they will replace it. The question is "when".

        Also, they could just market it as a low-end version of the higher end "Nexus TV" box.

      • Thomas Mc

        I think Google already realizes this thing is dead, Chinese factories are pumping out a thousand times more Android TV dongles than this one. And for the same price, but with none of the limitations. I think Google is just trying to dump their remaining inventory, before they officially dump the product.

    • NF

      Both devices will continue to exist, as Google executives have said before. Chromecast seems like one of those things that doesn't require a yearly update because it isn't really doing much.

      Let's say that it does though. That won't be until June or July, and that's still half a year away.

      • Ryuuie

        Yes, both devices would continue to exist. It's not like the Chromecast will cease to exist.

        However, both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 co-exist but Google hasn't really been paying much attention to the 4 as soon as the 5 dropped. Hell, the Nexus 10 is the only one of it's kind and it doesn't get much mention from Google.

        There's literally no reason to think Google wouldn't do this with the Chromecast and it's successor. Google is known for coming out with a product, seeing how it works, then using suggestions to make a new product and forgetting about the old one.

        Wave come to mind? How about Google Buzz? Google Talk?

        Yeah...I'm not upset, despite buying a Chromecast a few weeks ago. I'm more annoyed that Google is pretty much being Google about all of this. I guess I expected too much of them. :v

        • NF

          From what I've understood from Google, they do shut things down and iterate quickly, but once they find a winner, they go with it and it becomes successful.

          Buzz and Wave shut down, but Google+ is taking off.
          The Nexus 4 is hardware. Obviously it gets less focus than a newer version of the same idea.
          The Nexus 10 and 5 don't get commercials for some reason. However, there are regular TV ads for the Chromecast.

      • Thomas Mc

        It's dead, Jim. This Xmas shopping season was the only chance for this product to make it, but Google locked the app market down so hard that few people actually have a use for this thing after they buy it. My smart tv and smart blu-ray can already do almost everything this can (including much of the "casting".)

        There are already so many Android TV dongles on eBay that this thing will be forgotten by spring.

        • NF

          The Xmas season isn't going to test its success; it is already successful. When it first was announced with the Netflix deal is sold out almost instantly. Plus, it's already made the top gadget of the year according to Time. What more do you want?

          Yes, it is limited. However, the API is still being developed. This weekend is a sponsored Chromecast hackathon that will let developers build cool stuff.

          For big companies using the "Mirror API" there have been big names signing on since its inception. Plus, it's a network effect. The more sign on, the more developers start playing with it.

          To say people can't find a use for it is extremely wrong. Why would people buy it if it didn't do what they want? Besides, I use my Google TV mostly for watching Netflix, using Play Music, and YouTube. Sure, there are other things that I'd LIKE it to do, but I don't think it'll have a problem fitting into people's use cases.

    • fzammetti

      Even if they do, so what? At $35, it's not likely to hurt many peoples' heads to buy a new one every year without hesitation. A certain group of fruit enthusiast do it every year for A LOT more after all ;)

      • Ryuuie

        Those "fruit enthusiasts" are a cult so it stands to reason they'll waste thousands of dollars per year. The majority of the world isn't a part of cults and are (slightly) smarter.

  • Gabernasher

    Just got mine yesterday and I am amazed how good it is. I think I can kill half my FiOS bill with this thing, all I need is internet.

  • Simon Belmont

    I've been extremely pleased with my Chromecasts. They've integrated into my media consumption workflow very well.

    I just can't wait until they start realizing their full potential, though. I'm talking streaming videos and photos that I've taken from my phone and tablet. It would be a great way to show a slideshow or family members home movies of my 1 year old. Lets hope Google makes this happen in 2014.

    • Thomas Mc

      Buy an android stick, it can do all that now. Oh, and run tens of thousands of other apps, too. Chromecast will probably never have more than 10 or 20, tops.

      • silicobat

        you have no idea, google is doing what apple is known for. chromecast just works ! !

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. I'm familiar with the Android running HDMI sticks and I've thought about dabbling with them.

        The Chromecast is just appealing to me because it "just works" and I'm hoping the further features that I'm looking for are in that "just works" category, too. I'm pretty patient, regardless, and I have faith Google is cooking something up.

      • Gabernasher

        20 tops, let's revisit in about 3 months.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    Imagine when Chromecast 2 comes out, and Google drops the price of the original Chromecast to $20 ...

    • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

      Oh, to put it into perspective, with $20 in your hands, you can only buy 4 to 5 Happy Meals in most McDonald's ...

    • Thomas Mc

      Or next summer, when Google drops the product altogether, and you can pick them up on eBay for $5, including shipping, because they are next to useless.

      • http://andrewwhiplash.com Andrew Clement

        I don't understand this jaded thinking that as soon as something get a newer version, the older one bricks. I have yet to see ANY, even Apple devices have this built into the software.
        You clearly live in a bubble, if you think the Chromecast in the current form is useless.

        My father was wanting to buy a Blu-Ray Player just to watch Netflix in the bedroom. I told him about the Chromecast and the feature set, and he was excited for the price and feature set. He realized it was perfect for him. He spent less money on it, and got a easier to use device.
        I think this device is gonna get upgraded to have more apps and features in the future. If it does he will get to enjoy all the benifits.

        I am currently using a Galaxy Nexus running CM11 and it is a great phone. It still works for everything I need it to do. I plan to upgrade one day, maybe to a Moto X. It is a GOOD ENOUGH Device. I really don't find myself want anything more.

  • Thomas Mc

    What a joke, clearly TIME doesn't have a clue. Google's stupid dongle is almost useless. They locked down the app market and even actively block third party apps. For the same price you can get an Android TV stick, and have access to tens of thousands of apps, not the half a dozen Google is limiting this junk to. Chine is pumping those Android sticks out by the million, in six months nobody will even remember Chromecast.

    • NF

      Perhaps the SDK wasn't complete yet. Google is obviously not done with this device nor its underlying protocol.


      What's a real joke? Those ugly Android sticks that are extremely slow to run anything and can barely store anything locally. I mean, you might as well get a PC and plug it into the TV. Then you get millions of real applications that can run on a desktop, on an OS that is actually optimized for a mouse. Plus a PC will actually be able to run things without any processing issues.

    • Nick

      Does someone want to break it to this idiot that the sdk hasn't even been released yet, and once that happens app development can begin? What a troll.

  • Peacen1k

    Clearly Time forgot about the other Apple products. Well, either that or the advertizing contract didn't mention them.

  • atlouiedog

    My family all met up at my sister's for Thanksgiving and her Chromecast was great for a situation like that with everyone coming together. I kept my parents entertained with youtube one morning. All three of us could push videos to the TV easily from our devices. I was sleeping there for a few days and it was great having access to my own Netflix queue without any setup.

    I'll get one when it's more opened up, but right now it does everything that my family would use it for even if all apps were free to use it and it's dead simple. It's a very good $35 product with the potential to be great.

  • fixxmyhead

    I guess it's time for me to finally get one. Just got a new 50 inch led TV yesterday

  • GraveUypo

    that list is more of a top 10 american front page gadgets of the year.
    only a couple deserve to be there (oculus rift deserving the most by far imo)

  • ddh819

    maybe this means all the TW properties will be chromecast enabled soon