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John Gruber on Google’s new Chromecast:

Other than price, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t just buy an Apple TV instead. And even price-wise, it’s not like Apple TV is expensive.

The future of television isn’t going to be a dongle that only streams content from your browser. It just isn’t. There are two obvious problems with that: first, what do I do if I don’t have a browser handy? Can I fire up the Netflix app on my Chromecast? Nope. And second, native apps will always be better than web apps. The world wants native apps. I know Google is all about the web and many of us would like to think that web apps are on the verge of taking over, but that just isn’t happening. “This is the year web apps take over” is the new “this is the year of Linux on the desktop”.