Moto X Promotion Offers Off-Contract Version With Free Google Chromecast

The Moto X off-contract price dropped to just $399 last week and now Motorola is offering the handset with a free Google Chromecast.

The free Chromecast offer is part of Google's incentive to get the product into more people's hands. This promotion started on Jan. 8 and will conclude on Jan. 14. The off-contract Moto X will have to be purchased through Motorola's website in order to receive the free streaming device. It costs $35 normally so this is a good deal for those looking to stream content from their mobile device.

The promo is live on Motorola's site. In order to access it customers need to enter STREAM as the promo code. The Moto X costs $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB.

The Chromecast became compatible with even more apps recently and can now play local files that are synced with a user's Plex media library from iOS, Android or Chrome. Plex support was highly requested by Chromecast users looking to play content from a device on an HDTV.

Other apps added to the list of those that work with Chromecast include Vevo, Songza, Red Bull TV, Post TV from The Washington Post, Viki, and RealPlayer Cloud. The new channels should be rolling out to iOS, Android and Chrome shortly. These new apps join the likes of HBO Go, YouTube and Netflix.

Chromecast utilizes data from a cloud and sends it directly to a TV set through its HDMI output. Content can be accessed from those clouds by connecting the Chromecast and a device such as a smartphone or tablet directly to a Wi-Fi network. Once the user's app is connected, anything they watch or play on the device's app will also show up on their TV screen giving them a bigger screen to watch Netflix or other video apps content on.