Google’s senior vice president Sundar Pichai revealed at SXSW that the popular Chromecast dongle will soon be available in international markets. The exec said the device will launch in “many more countries” in a few weeks, The Next Web reports, without specifying the first new markets that will get the device, or actual release dates for them. International prices for the affordable media streaming gadget aren’t available at this time either. More →
Google’s Chrome mobile browser is the best mobile web browser we’ve used and it looks like Google is about to make it even better. DroidLife flags a thread found in Reddit’s Android community that details how Google has added Chromecast support in its latest beta for the mobile version of its Chrome browser. The best thing about the added support, Redditor WhyYouPaul reports, is that it doesn’t just work with YouTube videos but also with other HTML5-based video sites such as Vimeo as well. Chromecasting over the mobile Chrome browser on an Android phone is apparently very buggy and inconsistent so far, but that’s to be expected from an experimental beta feature. Any Chromecast fans interested in trying out the new Chromecast integration can download the latest Chrome beta from the Google Play store.
After teasing the feature on his Google+ account a few days ago, well-known CyanogenMod developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta has posted two short videos that demo how Android mirroring on a TV hooked to a Chromecast device works. The first short one-minute video shows Koush playing a game of Flappy Bird on the big screen TV, though some lag can be seen. In a second video, Koush shows Chromecast mirroring Spotify audio from Android. More →
Now that Google has rolled out Google Play Services 4.2 complete with the full Google Cast SDK for the Chromecast, developers have already started adding Chromecast functionality to their apps. One such app, Dayframe, has already been updated to offer users the ability to cast local files right to their TV sets, including images and GIFs stored on their tablets and smartphones or in the cloud. The app supports Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, 500px and other social services. More →
Cyanogen Inc.’s co-founder and famed Android developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta posted a teaser on Google+ about an upcoming feature one of his most recent apps may receive in the near future: Android mirroring. “What if I told you I could mirror Android to Chromecast,” Koush wrote in a generated meme image that became viral on the social site, although he did not elaborate on the matter. More →
Brightcove on Wednesday announced it will offer developers a way for easily inserting ads in their iOS or Android apps that will have Chromecast support. The announcement follows the recent Google Cast SDK release, which will allow more developers to include Chromecast support in their existing and future applications. More →
It’s no secret that Google wants to bring its very popular Chromecast dongle to international markets this year, and it appears that buyers in the U.K. may be the first to officially purchase the device. The Chromecast will apparently launch in the country “within weeks,” according to The Next Web. Local electronics retailer Currys expects to start selling the dongle on March 1st, although Google apparently told the publication the date is “provisional” for now. More →
Google has recently released the Chromecast software development kit (SDK,) which means developers can now add casting support to their iOS, Android and Chrome apps. The Google Cast SDK will allow developers to bring their apps to bigger screens when used together with Google’s very popular media streaming dongle, and at least one developer already has an app that can stream local content from an Android device to a big screen TV connected to a Chromecast now that the SDK is official. More →
In an earnings conference call for its fourth quarter results, Google revealed that it sold more than ads last quarter, with a couple of hardware devices having performed very well during the period. The list includes the Nexus 5 smartphone that was launched late last year, and the Chromecast dongle, which was the company’s best-sold gadget during Q4, an affordable device that was further discounted as part of many interesting deals during the Christmas shopping season. More →
Google is getting ready to launch its popular Chromecast dongle in international markets, but the device may get more and more competitors in the future. One of them is Airtame – a crowd-funded project that closed its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign at $1,268,148, surpassing the $160,000 goal it started with in late November by a huge margin. According to its creators, Airtame is an HDMI device that promises to offer more features than Google’s dongle. More →
The $35 Chromecast dongle launched by Google in mid-2013 was one of the best products from the company last year, thanks to its affordable price and digital content streaming features. The device, officially available only in the U.S. for now, will hit international markets later this year, with Google already working on adapting the product for new markets. More →
While some of the biggest cable providers are attempting to shrink the market even further to keep consumers from cutting the cord, television manufacturers are still working to expand their reach. Digitimes reports via its research arm that the merging of the Google TV team and the Android team could be a sign that Google is looking to take a more substantial step into the TV market. According to the report, the success of “Chromecast will generate demand for Android TV in the market and turn the Android TV system into a core entertainment device in families because of its smartphone connectivity.” The future of Apple TV is still an exciting mystery, but as of this writing, Chromecast is the product perched atop Amazon’s best-selling electronics list, as it has been since it first debuted this past summer. Once again Google remains one step ahead of the competition.
Happy news for everyone who picked up a Chromecast dongle last week: You could soon use it to stream HBO GO on your television. GIgaOM reports that HBO is in ongoing talks to “bring the cable network’s online offering to Chromecast,” although there’s no timetable for when HBO GO will be available for Google’s new device that lets you stream content from Android, iOS and Chrome from your smartphone, tablet or computer directly to your television. Chromecast already supports mobile apps such as Pandora, Google Music, YouTube and Netflix, so it’s not surprising that it’s working to bring HBO GO on board as well. GigaOM also says that both Vimeo and Redbox Instant will also soon support Chromecast.