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 port, 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat. There is no word yet on whether Marlin... 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 pretty impressive sales numbers. IHS is reporting that Google shipped 3.2 million of the devices during... 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; it will be pushed to your device via a software update “over the coming weeks.” “Casting is easy. Just... 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 per Google Payment account."It's still a good deal, but like an infomercial, wait there's more! You... 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 available to Prime subscribers is available via the app), there isn’t a Prime Video app available... 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, Google says that the new Chromecast should be easier to plug into a free HDMI port thanks to a long,... 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 over at 9to5Google were able to obtain a few images of Google’s second generation Chromecast, which... 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 as Chromecast and in addition to screen mirroring, it works with YouTube, Google Play Movies and... 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 the offer and throwing in a free Google Play movie rental, each of which can be redeemed separately.You... 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 still having problems with streaming after installing the adapter, it might be time to reassess... 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 maybe it's the Qellow concerts that will go to waste. No worries, rather than redeem all the overs,... 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 that is responsible for the device's increasing couch-friendliness. This protocol extension is able... 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 makes one wonder if Google is feeling some pressure from the Vudu Spark TV stick. Walmart is selling... 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 seen it on sale for $25, and sometimes that's for a refurbished model), and quite frankly a steal considering... Read more...
Google's little HDMI Chromecast dongle has been on the market for just over a year now, and as much as we liked it when it first came out, it's even better today. That's thanks to a constant stream up of updates. Hundres of apps have been added, such as HBO Go and Pandora, to name just two of many, and with the most recent update, even more have joined the fray. Just in time for the holidays, Google added a handful of family-friendly games like Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro's Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads, and Simon Swipe. For each one, you can use your phone or tablet as the controller and our TV as the game board or score board. You'll also find more active titles such as Just... Read more...
As HBO mulls the addition of a streaming-only option for its content, Verizon and Sony consider cloud-based pay-TV replacements, and Roku celebrates sales of 10 million devices, it's obvious that the future of television looks different than what we've dealt with in the past. Google's Chromecast is amongst the least expensive and most flexible options when it comes to selecting a portable streaming apparatus, and this week, it's getting even better. The Google team has added the WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps to Chromecast, as well as Twitch for gamers and iHeartRadio for music listeners. If international dramas are your favorite, look no further than DramaFever to... Read more...
Has it been a year already? Time flies when you're streaming fun, and apparently Google's low cost Chromecast dongle is celebrating its first birthday. As parents are apt to do about their little ones, Google used the occasion to brag about its streaming stick by pointing out that people have hit the cast button more than 400 million times. Impressive! Chromecast has grown up considerably since we reviewed it last year. At the time, we said it was worth every penny, and all Google has done since then is add more features and functionality without jacking up the price -- it's still $35 (MSRP). "We’ve added hundreds of your favorite apps, including WatchESPN, Pandora, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and... Read more...
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 (assuming your TV is bigger than your phone or tablet, that is). To take advantage of the feature,... 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 from all the usual consumer tech companies, including LG, Samsung, Motorola, and ASUS. Android Wear... 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 hands on a prototype and notes that there are still a bunch of unanswered questions that need to be... 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, MLB TV, Google Play Movies and Music, and more. You can also “cast” a Chrome browser... 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 video playback, volume, and closed captions just like a remote control. You can even mutli-task... Read more...
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