Items tagged with Chromecast

Mark October 4th on your calendars. Google will reportedly be hosting an event that focuses on hardware on that date. Announcements should include Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, a 4K Chromecast, Google Home, and a Daydream VR viewer device. Google’s next flagship phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, have been referred to previously as Marlin and Sailfish. Pixel will be the name for Google's 5-inch Sailfish device and Pixel XL for its 5.5-inch Marlin handset. The larger of the phones is expected to boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a USB Type-C... Read more...
Streaming devices for HDTVs are a hot item these days, and the price of entry for many of the top-selling devices is extremely attractive for folks that want an easy to way to stream Netflix, Hulu or even Amazon Video content. Stepping into the streaming market can come as cheaply as $35 for the Google Chromecast, while similar devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku Streaming Stick will run you just $5 and $15 more respectively. According to the latest analysis from IHS, it looks as though Google’s incredibly attractive pricing on the Chromecast has resulted in some... Read more...
Google is making it easier for those using its Google Fiber TV service to turn any TV in your house into a Smart TV. The company announced today that those who own a Google Fiber TV box will soon be able to take advantage of Google Cast support. So no longer will customers need to purchase a separate Chromecast dongle to access popular apps like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Sling TV, Disney Channel, Pandora, Spotify and of course Google Play (where you can access thousands of movies and TV shows). Best of all, you won’t even need to swap out your existing settop box to enable Google Cast;... Read more...
Struggling for ideas for stocking stuffers? With only 10 days until Christmas, it's understandable if you're feeling the stress of the holiday season, though Google's offering to do you a solid if you pick up a second generation Chromecast dongle. If you make your purchase by January 2, 2016, you'll receive a $20 Google Play credit.The second generation Chromecast dongle normally runs $35, though Google has it marked down to $30 for the moment. You can save another $5 if you buy a two-pack, which Google is selling for $55. However, the $20 Google Play credit is limited to "one offer redemption... Read more...
The gloves are about to come off in the streaming devices market, and it looks as though Amazon is bringing out its “Fire” branding by taking a blowtorch to Apple and Google. The online retail giant markets streaming devices like the Fire TV and the Fire TV stick, both of which serve as vehicles for its Prime Video streaming platform. The Apple TV and Google Chromecast don’t play nicely with Amazon Prime Video. While a somewhat neutered Prime Video app is available for iOS devices (Amazon doesn’t want to give Apple a cut of purchases, so only content that you have already purchased or content freely... Read more...
There were few surprises today at Google’s hardware event. We saw the reveal of the Nexus 5X and 6P along with the Pixel C tablet — all of which have been leaked in the lead-up today’s announcement. The same goes for the next two devices that Google officially revealed today: the second generation Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. As we saw earlier this month, the new $35 Chromecast takes on a more rounded shape, which is available in black, yellow and red. We don’t quite understand the need to offer colorful options when it will be plugged in, out of sight, into the back of a TV. With that said,... Read more...
There’s a lot of activity happening in the streaming device market these days. Over the past week, we’ve seen the announcement of a new Apple TV which is backed by a powerful A8 processor and a touch- and motion-sensitive remote and a refreshed Fire TV which is capable of streaming 4K content. Since introducing its Chromecast back in the summer of 2013, Google has been relatively quiet with regards to hardware updates for the tiny streaming dongle. Sure, there have been software updates along the way, but the hardware has remained unchanged — until now.First generation Google Chromecast The folks... Read more...
There's a new app available in Amazon's Appstore for Android that will bring the Chromecast experience to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It's called YouMap Cast Receiver by VMLite Corporation, and it runs $7.99 -- a bit expensive for app, though a fair bit cheaper than a Chromecast dongle, which normally sells for $35 (you can often find it for a few bucks less). To be clear, YouMap Cast Receiver won't replicate the Chromecast experience in its entirety (more on that in a moment), though it will allow you to mirror your phone, tablet, or Chrome browser tab to your TV. It implements the same protocol... Read more...
Someone fetch the party favors and candles, we have a birthday to celebrate. Google's streaming Chromecast dongle just turned two years old, but don't worry about bringing gifts to the celebration. Just as Google did when the Chromecast turned one, the company is flipping the script and giving away goodies to anyone who owns or purchases the HDMI stick.For Chromecast's first birthday, Google gave away three months of Google Play Music All Access (now just Google Play Music, thankfully), about a $30 value based on the service's $9.99 per month subscription fee. This time around, Google is renewing... Read more...
The Google released an Ethernet adapter for its Chromecast this week. The little adapter will save the day for anyone who picked up the wireless TV streaming device, only to discover that the Wi-Fi connection near the TV is spotty. The device is a small, square unit that will be easy to tuck out of sight. It includes a short USB micro-B cable that connects the adapter to your Chromecast and has a single 10/100 Ethernet port. Grab an Ethernet cable, plug it into the adapter and your router (and plug the adapter in a power outlet), and you now have solid, fast connection for streaming video (If you’re... Read more...
As if the low asking price of $35 (and oftentimes lower due to sales) for Google's awesome Chromecast dongle isn't enough of a sales pitch, Google has decided to up the ante by offering up to $80 worth of additional incentives. All you have to do is buy and set up a Chromecast by April 19, 2015, and then click the "Redeem all offers" button on Google's website.When you do that, Google will reward you with $80 worth of Google Play (musick and movies), Qello concerts, Sesame Street Go, and DramaFever goodies. We know what you're thinking -- you don't give a flying flip about Sesame Street Go, or... Read more...
Google's Chromecast took a big step deeper into the mainstream with its recent 27946 firmware update, adding the ability to pause and resume video playback via your television remote. No longer will users need to yank out their phone (or worse — gasp! — put fingers to computer keyboard) to affect simple Start/Stop control. The new functionality reportedly works with YouTube, and with such apps as WatchESPN, HBO Go, Allcast, iPlayer, TuneIn, and Plex, among others (though Netflix users are out of luck, as of this writing). It is Chromecast's integration of HDMI protocol extension HDMI-CEC... Read more...
Planning to stay in for Valentine’s Day? If you have a Chromecast TV dongle, Google is willing to cover the cost of your movie rental for the night. The Valentine’s Day gift comes in the form of a $6 credit you can use for a movie (or anything else) on Google’s Play Store. Cashing in on Google’s Valentine’s Day largess is easy. Visit the Chromecast Offers page, select the $6 deal, and you’ll soon be shopping at the Play Store. A deal like this is a great way to get Chromecast users talking to friends and family about the device, so it makes sense that Google would give it a try, but the timing... Read more...
Black Friday is officially in the rear view mirror, but it's full "stream" ahead for Cyber Monday. No, we didn't mean to say "full steam," not when there are so many deals on streaming devices to be had, including a delightful $11 savings on Google's Chromecast dongle. We've been fans of Chromecast ever since we reviewed the device over a year ago, and it's only gotten better since then.Head over to Amazon and you'll find Chromecast marked down to $24 (make that $23), a savings of nearly 32 percent over its regular selling price of $35. That's about as cheap as it's ever been (we've previously... Read more...
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