Chromecast

Google enables Android screen mirroring with sound today

Google enables Android screen mirroring with sound today

Google continues to add value to their Chromecast device, today bringing some power with Screen Casting to a select number of devices running KitKat. The version of KitKat you’ll need to be running is Android 4.4.1, while the device you’ll need to be running it on are listed below. This feature now also works with sound.

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Chromecast now mirrors your smartphone’s screen

Chromecast now mirrors your smartphone’s screen

Google’s Chromecast now has the ability to mirror your smartphone or tablet’s display instantly. First announced earlier this year at Google I/O 2014, Screen Mirroring will allow you to show whatever you’ve got on your small device on the screen of your television.

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Rolocule Motion Tennis uses a Chromecast for Wii-like fun

Rolocule Motion Tennis uses a Chromecast for Wii-like fun

If you thought that a Google Chromecast was only good for streaming over videos and music, think again. With a bit of out of the box thinking, game developers Rolocule was able to take Google's streaming HDMI dongle to turn your smartphone into something else, like a tennis racket for instance. A practical Wii machine, except for only a single game.

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Chromecast pairing without WIFI is doable using ultrasonic sounds

Chromecast pairing without WIFI is doable using ultrasonic sounds

Imagine a gathering at your home. A friend or relative excitedly wants to share a photo or video on your living room TV via Chromecast. Before you've managed to dig out your WiFi password, hand it over, and get the device connected, the magic of the moment is over. That soon will become a thing of the past, however, thanks to ultrasonic sound waves.

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Chromecast Backdrop gives your TV a personalized screensaver

Chromecast Backdrop gives your TV a personalized screensaver

Google's Chromecast streaming dongle is getting a new app for its downtime, with Backdrop turning the TV into a personalized screensaver. Kicking in whenever the Chromecast is idle, Backdrop curates a customized mixture of photos, famous artwork, and more.

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Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Google is rebooting its ambitions in the living room, launching Android TV. "In some ways, the TV space is not much different to the mobile space in 2006," Google pointed out, with smart TVs all having different interfaces, different sets of apps, and no cohesive ways for developers to create one app for all platforms. Android TV aims to change all that.

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Chromecast use declining in US, research reveals

Chromecast use declining in US, research reveals

Chromecast, the tiny dongle that was supposed to do big things, may not be on track for dominance. According to a new report, usage of the Chromecast has declined overall. Though 6% of households in the US have one, less and less are using it, instead turning to other mediums.

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Chromecast support heading to VLC

Chromecast support heading to VLC

Amidst recent news that Chromecast's support has extended to RedBox among other services, a tidbit of information appeared on the forums for media player VLC late last month letting users know it will soon join the list. When isn't known, but support for all desktop platforms and iOS is in the pipeline.

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Chromecast getting sports apps, Google+ Photos support soon

Chromecast getting sports apps, Google+ Photos support soon

Chromecast is getting a touch sportier, and a lot more picturesque. Google has announced three more apps that will now support Chromecast, with two of them edging us toward World Cup bliss. WatchESPN, Major League Soccer, and Google+ Photos are all going casting.

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Redbox Instant Chromecast support is latest dongle streaming

Redbox Instant Chromecast support is latest dongle streaming

Google's Chromecast dongle is getting a new streaming option, with Redbox Instant landing on the HDMI stick. The functionality, new to v1.5.1 of the Android app, means a new Cast button that pushes the stream from your smartphone or tablet to a Chromecast on the same WiFi network, just as we've seen from YouTube, Netflix, and other services.

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Google Drive presentations get Chromecast support

Google Drive presentations get Chromecast support

Your office might be littered with devices — projectors, TVs, computers — but those days could be coming to an end. Google recently cobbled in Drive presentation support for Chromecast, making it easy to cast a slideshow from your browser. Previously available to a select number of testers, it’s now rolling out to all users.

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Hulu Plus remote control app hits Xbox One, PS3, PS4

Hulu Plus remote control app hits Xbox One, PS3, PS4

If you’re using Hulu Plus on your PlayStation 3, Playstation 4, or Xbox One, the team responsible for helping you control this situation are bringing some heat. There’s now a Remote Control app for Hulu Plus, allowing you to control what you see on your TV from your smartphone or tablet. It’s all very retro, when you think about it.

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