Chromecast

What Google needs to make Chromecast 2 a hit

After a leak of images earlier today it's become apparent that a Chromecast 2 is on the way from Google. This device would do battle with the new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV - or would appear to, to those that've never used one before. If this new Chromecast 2 device were to do battle with the "smart tv" units on the market today, what might it need? Does Chromecast need to change at all to continue to find users? Yes and no

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Next Chromecast tipped to be faster, more circular

The Google Chromecast was an unexpected miracle of a product the proved to be more than just a one hit wonder. Now more than two years old, the little streaming dongle continues to have appeal and has become something that others want to emulate, leading to a new generation of "computing on a stick", well, sticks. It is, however, due a refresh, and it seems that Google thinks so, too. Later this month, the company is tipped to unveil the 2nd generation, which is promised to be faster all around and more rounded too.

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NVIDIA SHIELD released to Google Store for Android TV battle

The online Google Store's Android TV collection expands with NVIDIA SHIELD, a device built primarily for gaming but made for full living-room entertainment with Android apps of all sorts. Working with Android TV, this device also has Chromecast functionality, allowing mobile devices to "cast" content wirelessly. This is the same device we reviewed earlier this year, calling it "the best Android TV experience yet." Have a peek at our full NVIDIA SHIELD Review to learn all there is to know about this high-powered TV-controlling machine.

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HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

Good news today for Google Chromecast owners that have been craving their favorite HBO shows: the HBO Now service has added support for streaming to the TV dongle. The new feature comes via app updates for both iOS and Android versions of HBO Now, which are already available on their respective app marketplaces. HBO Now was first launched on iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, and quickly gained popularity, followed by its arrival on Android only a few weeks ago.

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Chromecast birthday means Google delivers presents to Android TV

Happy Birthday, Chromecast! It's been two years since the tiny HDMI-based TV dongle launched at Google, and Google wants to celebrate. To do so, they've delivered a collection of freebies or otherwise interesting trial-offer sorts of gifts to the public. To those that already have Chromecast or Android TV devices, that is to say. These tiny bits include everything from 90 days of Google Play Music Unlimited to a week of Hulu. Meanwhile Chromecast itself is at just about the lowest price it's ever been, sale or no, with deals for doubling down.

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Amazon Fling takes on Google casting: share media with Fire TV

Amazon has introduced its own competitor to Google casting, a new feature called Amazon Fling and the related Amazon Fling SDK that allows developers to add a flinging option to their apps for Fire TV. The Amazon Fling SDK was introduced today, and with it developers can design their apps to "fling" videos, images, and audio from their smartphone to their television. The functionality can be added to existing Android and iOS apps. On the user's end of things, flinging content is as simple as tapping a button.

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Google’s new Chromecast adapter brings Ethernet

If you love your Chromecast but have poor WiFi, Google has a new solution: a Chromecast adapter with a built-in Ethernet port, allowing you to stream your content through a faster wired connection. It's not required, of course; if you're happy with using WiFi, then there's no need to grab the new adapter. If you've got an Ethernet port near your TV, however, and you don't want to stream over the wireless network that others might be using, it is a nice option to have.

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Watch YouTube on Android Wear, because why not?

You know the smartwatch trend has gone too far when it becomes possible to watch videos on that tiny, wrist-worn screen. And unfortunately, it looks like that's exactly where we're going. Last month it was revealed that the Apple Watch would eventually be getting video playback capabilities through watchOS 2, and now Android Wear users enjoy YouTube on their device thanks to a new app. Have people forgotten they can watch videos on nicer, bigger screens on the phones in their pockets?

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Google Slides gains Chromecast support

If you’re enmeshed in Google’s ecosystem, you likely use its Slides offering rather than PowerPoint (they both do basically the same thing, if you’re unfamiliar). It would be handy to present those slides via Chromecast, but until today that has not been possible. With today’s Google Slides iOS and Android update, however, such functionality has been added, as well as the ability to play Slides presentations over AirPlay. It is a welcomed update, and makes the service a bit more appealing over Microsoft’s offering.

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Chromecast treats: queuing, multi-player, second screen

Android TV might have snagged much of the spotlight at I/O 2015, thanks to the official launch of the NVIDIA SHIELD console, but the Chromecast camp isn't going to take things sitting down. OK, the updates to Google Cast will benefit all Cast devices, including Android TV ones, but tiny dongle that can will be the one that reaps the most. New API have been introduced that bumps the multimedia experience up a notch, including queuing the next video to watch and multi-device multiplayer gaming.

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Confirmed: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast

It's the news Game of Thrones fans have been desperate to hear: HBO NOW is coming to Android and Chromecast. The streaming system, which has already been making waves over on Apple TV, a way for cord-cutters to subscribe just to HBO's content without having to get a full cable subscription. Meanwhile, with support for both Android and Chromecast, you'll be able to take that HBO NOW subscription on the move rather than be locked to your lounge.

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