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Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast has been updated for Android today, and rolls in a fresh new look and some exciting new functionality. Visually, Chromecast app owners will get that good, good Material Design makeover. Though there isn’t much to the Chromecast app as-is, the visual punch comes just in time; Android Lollipop and Material Design are rolling out to handsets now, and will be coming to more soon enough. Using the app isn’t just pretty, though — it’s easier, as friends no longer have to join your WiFi to share to your Chromecast.

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Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Watching movies or TV via Google Play just got a bit prettier, and lot more useful. An update, rolling out today, brings Google’s Material Design to the app, and adds a bit of second-screen functionality. Streaming movies to your Nexus Player or Chromecast might just give you some info about what you’re watching, like which actors are involved or what that song playing is. If you’re the kind of person who’s mind wanders a bit during a movie, this update will bring you back into focus a bit.

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Which phones let me control any TV?

Which phones let me control any TV?

There’s no one phone that’s able to control every single television model in the universe - but there are several out there today that have big potential for chaos. While we don’t recommend going around changing channels on televisions that belong to high-powered businesses that’d rip your head of if you do, we do like the idea of changing the channel at a party if something less-than-pleasing pops up.

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Download and simulate Android TV now

Download and simulate Android TV now

This week Google has activated the SDK (Software Development Kit) for Android TV for developers. While you’ll likely be a developer wanting to activate this build, anyone can choose to take a peek at Android TV at their leisure, developer or not.

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Android TV coming to Google I/O, for real this time

Android TV coming to Google I/O, for real this time

Gaming is suggested to be the center of attention this year at Google’s presentation of Android TV. Where in past years, Google TV kept Android’s focus - since 2010, as it were - this year it’s tipped from within that Android TV will finally appear in full. With a user interface codenamed "Pano", this UI will take Google to your big screen - again.

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Chromecast gains Aereo: TV streamed to HDMI

Chromecast gains Aereo: TV streamed to HDMI

Google’s Chromecast device caused quite a stir when it was first released, turning the television into a "show me anything" display overnight. With a $35 price tag and integration open to any developer wishing to integrate, this little device is in thousands of homes across the world. Today the team at Aereo have made clear their intent to leverage that group of users.

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Chromecast support hits Rhapsody and Napster

Chromecast support hits Rhapsody and Napster

Starting today, the Android versions of the apps Rhapsody and Napster will be available for Chromecasting. This means that the apps themselves are able to attach to the Google-made dongle device for your television and "Cast" their content. Once you’ve sent the signal, your television will show the music track of your choice, and you’ll be free to continue doing what you wish on your smartphone or tablet.

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