Keen eyes have spotted the addition of Chromecast to the ranks of Motorola accessories sold direct by Motorola itself today. What does this mean for Motorola's connection to Google - other than the fact that they are wholly owned by Google at this point in history? Maybe a whole lot, maybe nothing new at all.
The newest Chrome Beta browser build has a new feature that indicates which tab or tabs are playing music or other audio. That way, when you're browsing with multiple tabs open and suddenly hear some guy blabbing about a fabulous new way to make money on the Internet, you can see at a glance which tab it's coming from and shoot it down (or proceed to take him up on his unmissable offer.) This, among other handy little additions to Chrome 32.
Samsung has announced its new SDK that lets developers add screencasting functionality to apps that work in tandem with smart TVs beginning Nov. 12. The SDK also lets developers use multiscreen and overlay features for added device integration, which will help set Samsung apart from Airplay, Chromecast and other competition. The announcement was made today at the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Hulu has added Hulu Plus Chromecast support to its iPhone app, allowing users of Apple's smartphone to control playback of the on-demand video service through the compact media adapter. Hulu Plus first made an appearance on Google's streaming dongle at the start of the month, but was only available on the iPad version of the app.
The Google Chromecast app is now available for download in multiple countries, reports Android Central. Previously the app was only downloadable within the US. The Chromecast dongle itself is not yet available for mail order or store purchase internationally, but the app availability could signal an imminent roll-out for its corresponding hardware.
Google made $14.9bn in revenue in Q3 2013 despite Motorola Mobility sales continuing to shrink, with CEO Larry Page making one final earnings call to praise the Chromecast and namecheck smartwatches as one of the next big things in digital. Overall, revenues were up 12-percent versus the same quarter last year, with cash or cash-equivalents on hand amounting to $56.52bn. Speaking on the investor webcast, Page highlighted the speed at which the multi-screen world had developed, pointing to wearables like Glass and smartwatches as examples, and saying he no longer need feel guilty about spending time visiting the Android team.
The Chromecast streaming device has been getting upgrades and improvements with new streaming services regularly since it launched. Last month, Google added support for YouTube to the streaming device. Today Chromecast users are getting another streaming service to take advantage of with Hulu announcing Hulu Plus is now available.
With the likes of Google's Chromecast selling of shelves for lack of a reason not to drop a few bucks on the concept, iterations of the idea like Mozilla's upcoming second-screen support for Firefox are popping up left and right. What we're seeing here is a very small and early version of what may be coming from Firefox web browsers in the future - the show you're seeing put on here comes from Mark Finkle of Mozilla, mirroring a Firefox web browser window on an Android device to a Roku on his large-screen TV.
With the release of the Chromecast came the second wave of Google's vision for ultra-simple "flinging" of content from your Android device to a larger display. As the Nexus Q took a belly dive, the much smaller and simpler Chromecast took hold, it being small enough to fit in a person's pocket and able to connect to essentially any Android device nearly instantly. Now that this device is in the hands - or plugged into the HDMI ports - of thousands of users across the globe, Google has begun a push with YouTube to expand support and features.
Though at first this little dongle seemed (in preview mode) to be a cool competitor for the Google Chromecast - it was revealed the same week, after all - here in its official show-off from Sony, it's become apparent that the BRAVIA Smart Stick wont work with just any television. Here we're to understand that this device will plug in to a full-sized HDMI port [CORRECTION: MHL plug for BRAVIA televisions 2013 and older, only] and act as a Google TV device - that means Android App support straight from the Google Play app store. This Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick also works with voice search support and a QWERTY keyboard courtesy of a paired remote control.