Items tagged with Chromecast

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...
It's true, whether you like it or not, we're back!  In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco return to ride again in full high tech geekery.  This week we discuss Apple's new MacBook Air 13 powered by Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core processor, EVGA's overclocked GeForce GTX 770, Google's tiny little Chromecast media streaming dongle and SanDisk's Extreme 64GB SDXC card. 02:00 - Apple's Haswell-Powered MacBook Air 13 06:45 - EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling 10:50 - Nokia Lumia 1020 Video and Photo Shoot Preview 17:35 - SanDisk Extreme 64 SDXC Memory Card 24:15 - Google Chromecast Media Streaming Dongle... Read more...
The folks at iFixit had their way, tearing down Google's latest media streaming invention and now it seems the team at the GTVHacker blog has exploited the little fella known as Google Chromecast and rooted it with shell access on port 23 of the device. Google is known for stopping well short of locking things down, almost tempting developers and hackers to see what they can do with a new device. This "exploit" will give the community access to the Google Chromecast's environment with a chance to test custom software on the device, much like the community has done with Android smartphones over the years. Under the hood with Chromecast hardware - the software side is next...  It turns out,... Read more...
Good golly, the iFixit folks are fast; just days after Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device, we already have a look inside the small dongle. It’s a simple device, really; there’s a small motherboard assembly inside the plastic case, and the motherboard itself has four chips on it. iFixit Chromecast teardown (credit: iFixit) The colors have been added for clarity by iFixit, but the red one is an AzureWave 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM combo chip, and the orange one is a Marvell DE3005-A1 SoC. On the other side, there’s a 16Gb (2GB) Micron NAND flash chip (yellow) and a low-power 1.35V 512MB DDR3L SDRAM chip, also from Micron (green). iFixit Chromecast... Read more...
Even the best, most finely-constructed plans can go wrong, it seems. And sometimes, having a good problem is still having a problem. Earlier in the week, Google introduced a $35 HDMI dongle known as Chromecast, which was meant to bring some elements of Chrome and other elements of alternative TV viewing to anyone's HDTV. For cheap. And perhaps the best deal of all was the fact that three months of Netflix service was included for free, and that even extended to existing users. In other words, the Netflix service alone was nearly worth the price of admission, netting you the Chromecast dongle for free. Welp, evidently too many people noticed the deal, and now what was largely too good to be true... Read more...
When Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device yesterday, many were alarmed that the dongle’s capabilities seemed to overlap quite a bit with Google TV. The implications there are important, as not only are there plenty of folks who are developing for the Google TV platform, Google has a number of hardware partners who might chafe at seeing their investments devalued. More notably, Google has a habit of cancelling products that aren’t gaining sufficient traction (remember the Nexus Q?), and it’s not out of the question that Google TV, as it stands now, might fall into that category. However, it’s all good news for Google TV; according to the Google TV Developer... Read more...
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