Next Tuesday, Google is going to hold a massive launch event in San Francisco, where it is expected to debut two Android smartphones (Pixel and Pixel XL), the AI-powered Google Home personal assistant, the Google Wifi router, a Daydream VR headset and a 4K-capable streaming media player called the Chromecast Ultra.
Ever since it launched in 2013, Google’s Chromecast has been one of the best possible accessories for any TV owner. Last week, it got even better with the introduction of the Chromecast Preview Program, which Google describes as “a user opt-in channel that updates your Chromecast device with the latest version of Chromecast’s firmware before it is made broadly available.”
Google Chromecast and Google Chrome are two popular Google products that work well together. But in order to cast content from your browser to a TV connected to a Chromecast, you still need a browser extension to handle the functionality. If that seems strange to you, given that Google controls both the software and the hardware, don’t worry: Google is working to fix it. More →
One of the biggest reveals to come out of Google I/O two weeks ago was Google Home, a voice-activated virtual assistant meant to rival the likes of Amazon’s Echo. The device was met with a great deal of fanfare, but a new report from The Information might be enough to put a little damper on the excitement.
YouTube Red, the ad-free offline version of Google, hasn’t been a tremendous hit since it first launched. It turns out that if you give people a choice between $10 a month or watching ads, they’ll sit through four seconds of commercial ever time.
But what if Google dangles a shiny new Chromecast in front of you? Well, that changes things a little.
Looking for a good reason to sign up for a Spotify Premium account? How about a free Chromecast? Spotify announced this week that new subscribers will be able to pay for three months of Premium up front and receive a free Chromecast Audio. The offer is available to U.S. and U.K. subscribers through February 28th or until supplies run out. More →
Google’s decision to hop into the world of streaming via its Chromecast dongle proved to be a smart move. Since its initial release in July of 2013, Google has sold over 20 million units. Just last week, Google unveiled its second-gen Chromecast, complete with faster wireless, a wider selection of apps and expanded storage. Even better, it’s still available for the low, low price of just $35.
Google is having a big event on Tuesday to unveil its two new Nexus phones. But unlike Apple, which plays its cards closer to the vest, Google wasn’t able to protect the secrecy of its upcoming new devices, and we already know that the giant company plans to unveil two Nexus smartphones and a new Chromecast device during the show.
Here’s what you can expect to see at Google’s presser on Tuesday. More →
There’s no reason to pay for cable or satellite TV these days since there are so many other great options out there. Looking for the best of the best? We’ve rounded up the five best-selling streaming media players on Amazon, and you’d have a hard time finding better prices elsewhere. More →