Items tagged with Chromecast

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 the Roku, Apple TV, or others, but that seems like a relatively uninteresting route already well-traveled... 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 and PlayStation. There's no mention of whether the sources are referring to the Xbox One and PlayStation... 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 to your WiFi network. You can use the Beep app on your smartphone to tell it to play music, and... 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 in the the Google Play Developer Program Policies. Here, have a look for yourself: "We don't allow... 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 for the 32GB model, both of which are off-contract prices. As a refresher, the Moto X features a... 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 TVs, Google Tv products, DLNA renderers, and more. Music support is coming soon, and the app description... 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 Management Mario Queiroz told Gigaom that developers have been able to play with a preview SDK since... 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). If you snap one up, you'll also get a Chromecast + a $35 Play Store credit, effectively making... 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 it. For now, it seems that it’s a Chromecast-only feature, which is a shame because Android... Read more...
Google’s Chromecast streaming device struck a chord with consumers this summer when it debuted, with the company selling out of the $35 device within days. The company is about to turn things up a notch by soon releasing the official Chromecast SDK (called the “Google Cast SDK”). According to some developers who have shared their invitations, Google is hosting a two-day hackathon at the Googleplex on December 7-8 so developers can “test-drive the upcoming release of the Google Cast SDK”. Google engineers will be there to show off changes to the developer preview and discuss best practices. Although Chromecast apps are more of a feature to add rather than standalone... Read more...
A single dollar won't get you very far these days -- a soda or burger at your local fast food joint, perhaps. Up the ante to $35 and it's a whole new ballgame. Just how far can $35 take you? We're still finding that out. That's precisely how much it costs to buy Google's Chromecast dongle, and when it launched four months ago, you could enjoy YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play Music and Movies streaming from your Android or iOS mobile device, or PC or Mac running the Chrome browser. Since its launch, Chromecast has drawn support from Hulu Plus and Pandora, a couple of key third-party services. As time goes on, even more services will step to the plate, stretching that initial $35 investment for... Read more...
Google is opening up six new showrooms for its Google-branded wares in six locations around the country in an effort to keep pace with the retail presence that Apple and Microsoft have been pushing. The sites will apparently operate as giant kiosks in malls, and you can find them in the New York, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles areas as well as in Sacramento, California, and Paramus, New Jersey. The company is calling them “Winter WonderLabs”, and they offer fun, somewhat whimsical ways for consumers to interact with Google products in person, such as the Nexus 7 tablet, chromebooks, and the Chromecast streaming device. You’ll be able to order devices online from the kiosks.... Read more...
Little by little, Google's tiny Chromecast device is becoming a more compelling option with each passing day. For the money, we were actually fond of the streaming dongle from the very beginning, and it's only gotten better since then. A Chromecast iOS app became official not long after launch, and more recently, Hulu Plus joined the party. What comes next? Effective immediately, you can stream Pandora through your television using Chromecast, thereby taking advantage of what might be the best speakers in your home (especially if you're running a full fledged home theater setup). "Download the latest version of the Pandora app on your Android smartphone or tablet or iPhone, and look for the same... Read more...
There was already a lot to like about Google's Chromecast device (check out our review), a $35 dongle that you plug into your big screen TV's HDMI port for streaming fun, and now it's even better. That's because Google and Hulu have been working together to build a Hulu Plus app for Chromecast, and that app is now available to download from Google Play (Android) and iTunes (iOS), Hulu announced in a blog post. "For owners of a Chromecast device, the Hulu Plus app on your phone or tablet makes it easy to control Hulu Plus on your TV. Just fire up the Hulu Plus app on your mobile device, connect to Chromecast and start watching," Hulu said. "A simple tap on your mobile device screen allows you... Read more...
We’ve covered the Google Chromecast in some detail, including our full review, and we’ve found that using the device is incredibly easy, including with the Chromecast app for Android. Google has now expanded app availablity by introducing an official Chromecast app for iOS, as well. Like the Android version, Chromecast on iOS is free, and it lets you “cast” video from YouTube and Netflix as well as movies and music from Google Play to your TV or other display. You can quickly set up your Chromecast device with the app, which includes connecting to your wireless network and managing settings. The addition of an iOS Chromecast app was of course to be expected, and now it’s... Read more...
We've been following Google's Chromecast device ever since it was first announced earlier this month, and it didn't take us long to pick one up for review. At just $35, we concluded that Chromecast is easily worth every penny. It's cheap, easy to configure, and for the most part, it just works. It's a no-brainer purchase if you can take advantage of its functionality, though a recent update to the product's firmware may prove a game changer for some. Let's backtrack a moment. Android developer Koushik Dutta also got his hands on a Chromecast device and was quick to reverse engineer the stick so that he could create an app called AllCast. With this app, users were able to stream content right... Read more...
Google's $35 streaming Chromecast dongle has been pretty well received by the media and end users alike, but if you're having trouble tracking one down in stock and/or simply want to stream to your Android device in Chromecast like fashion, there's a remarkably easy and free alternative. It's called CheapCast, and true to its name, the app is a free download available via Google Play. Once installed, CheapCast allows your Android tablet or smartphone to stream from Chromecast-enabled apps such as YouTube and Google Music to other devices on the same wireless network. If you want to take things one step further, you can connect the device acting as a receiver to your high definition TV via HDMI.... Read more...
Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device last week and immediately caused quite a stir amongst technology enthusiasts. Not only was the Chromecast seemingly easy to use, but its low $35 price point made it attainable by virtually anyone. It didn’t hurt that Google was throwing in a three month trial of Netflix with the device as well, but that deal was suspended almost as soon as it was announced due to overwhelmingly high demand. The Google Chromecast is a simple device to understand. It is basically a small HDMI dongle that physically plugs into an HDTV (or other display) and wirelessly connects to a local Wi-Fi network... Google Chromecast Review: Yes, It's Worth Every... Read more...
Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device last week and immediately caused quite a stir amongst technology enthusiasts. Not only was the Chromecast seemingly easy to use, but its low $35 price point made it attainable by virtually anyone. It didn’t hurt that Google was throwing in a three month trial of Netflix with the device as well, but that deal was suspended almost as soon as it was announced due to overwhelmingly high demand. The Google Chromecast is a simple device to understand. It is basically a small HDMI dongle that physically plugs into an HDTV (or other display) and wirelessly connects to a local Wi-Fi network. Once installed and connected to the LAN, the... Read more...
Google took the streaming market by surprise last month when it unveiled its Chromecast device, a $35 dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your high definition TV to stream online video, music, and more using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The plug-and-play device is one of the most affordable streaming solutions available, undercutting alternative (and more fleshed out) options like Apple TV and Roku's line of streaming devices. So, what's the catch? Well for one, it's a brand new device that isn't nearly as robust as other higher dollar streaming solutions, but that's easy to live with since it's only $35. In fact, the low price tag has pushed demand through the roof, and if you go... Read more...
There's nothing like a little competition to help spur price drops, even reluctant ones, as is often the case with Apple. For example, Google recently unveiled its Chromecast device, a $35 gadget that plugs into your HDTV's HDMI port and streams movies, TV shows, music, and more from services like Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome. It's cheap, easy to use, and compatible with a bunch of existing devices, including iPhones and iPads. Chromecast is one of the least expensive streaming devices around, and the only logical thing for Apple to do in the wake of its launch is to reduce the price of its Apple TV box. And so the Cupertino did that, albeit reluctantly, limiting the price cut to... Read more...
Google's Chromecast has made a fairly impressive splash in the TV market, as well as the streaming market. Unlike Google TV, which felt cost prohibitive for most, the $35 Chromecast is well within the impulse buy range for most of its target market. Early reviews on the product have been fairly positive, and you may be wondering what sort of innards are pushing things out. If so, Marvell has the answer. Marvell today revealed the Armada 1500-mini, a solution that was seemingly built from the ground-up for Chromecast. It was built to support low-power applications (like TV dongles), as well as to provide instantaneous and seamless access to applications such as YouTube, Netflix and other cloud-based... Read more...
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