Items tagged with Chromecast

Are you streaming content to your television yet? With the wealth of options available, there's really no reason not to be at this point. Still one of our favorites is Google's tiny (and affordable) Chromecast dongle (see our review), which is continually improving with updates and feature improvements, the latest of which is the ability to mirror Android content to your TV. Effectively immediately, you can mirror your Android phone or tablet to your big (or not so big) TV. That means you can view your favorite Android app, photos, or anything else from your mobile device on a much bigger display... Read more...
Google had a whopper of an I/O conference last week, and if there was one prevailing theme from the whole event, it is this: Android has evolved. Already a mature mobile OS that is one of the two dominant operating systems in a huge and still-growing mobile market, Android is officially not just for phones and tablets. It’s on your wrist, in your car, and in your living room. Suddenly, the smartwatch is evolving. We had an inkling that this would happen when we first caught wind of Android Wear back in March, and we’re just about to be inundated with Android Wear-based smartwatches... Read more...
Low cost and convenient streaming solutions are become pretty plentiful these days. One of our favorites in this category is Google's Chromecast dongle, which we liked at the outset (see our review) and has continued to improve with feature updates ever since. Perhaps inspired by what Google has done, Mozilla is said to be working on a streaming device of its own, only it will be powered by its own Firefox OS. Mozilla is mostly hush-hush on the project, though there is a prototype making the rounds to a select (and small) group of developers. Janko Roettgers over at Gigaom claims to gotten his... Read more...
Google’s charming little Chromecast dongle has proven to be quite a popular device, and the latest app to add Chromecast to its list of supported devices is Redbox Instant. The latest version, 1.5.1, includes Chromecast support as well as minor bug fixes. Redbox Instant allows users unlimited movie streaming on your phone or tablet--and now, your TV--as well as the ability to reserve movies as a Redbox kiosk or buy or rent movies, even if you don’t have a subscription to Redbox. Chromecast already supports quite a few choice apps, including Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora,... Read more...
Google faces immense competition in the streaming space, but even so, the company's Chromecast dongle has two things going for it. The first is price. At just $35 -- and sometimes cheaper if there's a promotion or sale taking place -- Chromecast is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade your home or dorm room entertainment scheme with streaming content. And secondly, Chromecast continues to get better as more developers jump on board. One of the newest members to the Chromecast family is VUDU, the on-demand video service owned by Walmart. Using the VUDU app on Chromecast, movie buffs can control... Read more...
Amazon is holding a press event on April 2nd, and it appears likely that the announcement will be the oft-rumored and long-awaited streaming video set-top box. Or at least, something pertaining to living room entertainment. The image that Amazon sent along with the invitation is a shot of a couch littered with a few kernels of popcorn. “Please join us for an update on our video business,” reads the tag line. It’s not hard to connect the dots. Now, what exactly Amazon might unveil for the living room is still a bit of a question mark. It could just be another streaming box like... Read more...
There have been plenty of rumors suggesting Amazon will offer a set-top box of its own, but according to new reports, it appears the e-commerce giant might be readying a streaming device similar in form and function to Google's nifty Chromecast dongle. More than just for streaming movies and TV shows, those close to the situation say it'll also be able to stream full PC games. The pre-release speculation is in full swing here. Citing "multiple sources familiar with the device," TechCrunch says Amazon's upcoming dongle might even be able to compete with dedicated game consoles, including the Xbox... Read more...
Chromecast is great. It lets you stream just about anything to your TV from the Internet, and it does so in a unique, simple, and brilliant way: instead of streaming directly from your smartphone or tablet, your device tells Chromecast to do the streaming. A group led by a pair of ex-Google employees has essentially done the same thing for audio that Chromecast does for video with its simple device called “Beep”. Beep (or is it “a Beep”?) is a metal dial that connects directly to virtually any speakers in your home via 3.5mm AUX, RCA, or optical input and connects wirelessly... Read more...
Far be it for us to try and dictate what you can and can't do with your Chromecast dongle in the privacy of your own home -- to each their own, we say -- but then again, we don't make the rules; Google does. We're calling your attention to this because, as far as Google is concerned, you better keep porn and other sexually explicit material far away from its tiny dongle. Never you mind that Android is based on Linux, a free and open source platform. When it comes to provocative material, Google channeled its inner Steve Jobs and brought down the paternalistic ban hammer on pornography, as outlined... Read more...
Perhaps if you hold out long enough, Motorola might start giving away its Moto X smartphone, no strings attached. In the meantime, the latest promotion intended to drum up interest in the first smartphone built in the U.S. is the bundling of Google's Chromecast dongle at no additional charge when you purchase a Moto X off-contract. It seems Motorola is having trouble selling the Moto X, hence all the recent promotions. The handset maker has already dropped the price of the Moto X on two separate occasions, including at the beginning of this month; it now sells for $400 for the 16GB model and $450... Read more...
For a minute there, AllCast was a great Android streaming app that developer Koushik Dutta made by reverse-engineering a Google Chromecast stick. That is, until Google updated Chromecast and killed AllCast support, a move Dutta believes was intentional. Making lemonade as it were, Dutta kept at it with AllCast, and now the app is out of beta and freely available to anyone with a compatible device and access to the Google Play Store. AllCast can stream photos and video to your TV using an Android 4.0 and later device. It supports Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Samsung and Panasonic Smart... Read more...
Google’s delightful Chromecast device was one of the more pleasant surprises of the the year in 2013. Up to now, though, Google has played things fairly close to the vest in terms of allowing others to develop for the streaming device, with just a smattering of available apps to date. In 2014, that’s all going to change. Google is planning to release a full SDK for the Chromecast soon. The company hosted a big hackathon for Chromecast earlier in the month in an effort to get closer to a final version. (As it turns out, there’s still no exact release date.) Google VP of Product... Read more...
Hopefully you didn't get every single gift you needed on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, because you're probably going to want this guy. Google just unwrapped a trio of new devices within its Play Store, and one of those is a white Nexus 7 (the other is a Google Play Edition Sony Xperia Ultra Z and a G Pad 8.3 from LG). As for the newly tinted Nexus 7, it's a 32GB model, and if you missed our review of the original black model, have a look: it's one of the best slates of the year. It seems like a pretty limited model, given that it's only available in 32GB and only available with Wi-Fi (no cellular).... Read more...
Google’s Android 4.4.1 (KitKat) was detailed last week, and among the many items in the changelog is something that indicates that Chromecast will soon offer screen mirroring. This would bring the same sort of function to the tiny streaming stick that products such as AirPlay, AllShare, Xbox SmartGlass, and the like offer. Cynaogen Inc.’s Koushik Dutta called out the key bits of code from the changelog in a Google+ post. Dutta also noted that the screen mirroring is only available to Google and OEMs, which is somewhat limiting because third-party developers may not be able to work with... Read more...
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