Amazon 'Fire' Set-Top Box Release Date

Amazon will again fork Android for its Chromecast rival

By on March 18, 2014 at 5:58 PM.

Amazon will again fork Android for its Chromecast rival

Not only will the Amazon “set-top box” look more like a Google Chromecast than an Apple TV, but the device will actually run a version of Android just like Amazon’s tablets when it launches early next month, The Wall Street Journal has learned. Furthermore, the device will carry the “Fire” name the company also uses for its Kindle tablets, although it’s not clear whether that’s the complete name for the device. More →

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Chromecast Release Date for UK, France and Germany

Chromecast close to attacking new markets, starting with Europe

By on March 17, 2014 at 6:25 AM.

Chromecast close to attacking new markets, starting with Europe

Google seems ready to start its international Chromecast launch, according to Gigaom, with the U.K., France and Germany apparently being the first markets to get the popular dongle. A Currys employee tweeted a picture of a stack of Chromecast boxes last week, and a leaked screenshot from Dixons revealed the device should be launched on March 19 in the U.K. More →

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International Chromecast Launch and Price

Chromecast hitting ‘many more countries’ in a few weeks

By on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Chromecast hitting ‘many more countries’ in a few weeks

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 →

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Google Mobile Chromecast Support

Google plans to make the world’s best mobile browser even better

By on March 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Google plans to make the world’s best mobile browser even better

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.

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AllCast Android Mirroring on Chromecast

Video: This is how Android mirroring on Chromecast works

By on February 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

Video: This is how Android mirroring on Chromecast works

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 →

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How to Chromecast Photos on TV

Video: This Android app lets you Chromecast photos to your TV

By on February 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Video: This Android app lets you Chromecast photos to your TV

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 →

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Chromecast Android Mirroring

The Chromecast feature you want most is coming to Android soon

By on February 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

The Chromecast feature you want most is coming to Android soon

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 →

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Chromecast Ads

Of course ads are coming to Chromecast, but not from the usual suspect

By on February 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

Of course ads are coming to Chromecast, but not from the usual suspect

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 →

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Chromecast is about to go global

By on February 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Chromecast is about to go global

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 →

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Chromecast SDK for Android iOS Chrome

The Chromecast is about to get a whole lot better

By on February 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

The Chromecast is about to get a whole lot better

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 →

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Nexus 5 Chromecast Sales

Google’s mobile hardware plans may have a bright future after all

By on January 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Google’s mobile hardware plans may have a bright future after all

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 →

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Airtame Chromecast Competitor Launch

Video: Watch out Chromecast, Airtame is coming with better features

By on January 23, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Video: Watch out Chromecast, Airtame is coming with better features

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 →

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Chromecast International Launch

Google is refining its best TV product of last year for international launch

By on January 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Google is refining its best TV product of last year for international launch

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 →

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