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VIZIO Crave 360, Crave Pro speakers get some Spotify love

VIZIO Crave 360, Crave Pro speakers get some Spotify love

VIZIO is a brand better known for its TVs, both traditional and smart, but of late it has been making huge strides to leave a mark in the connect speaker market segment. Last September, it unveiled its Crave 360 and Crave Pro Cast-enabled multi-room speakers, encroaching on Sonos’ territory. Now VIZIO, which is being acquired by Chinese tech giant LeEco, is stepping up its challenge by striking a partnership with Spotify. Starting today, actually starting last Christmas, owners of Crave 360 and Crave Pro speakers will be able to cast their Spotify tunes to the speakers just as easily as any Chromecast-enabled device.

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Samsung Smart TVs to get Chromecast-like powers

Samsung Smart TVs to get Chromecast-like powers

TVs have changed a great deal in just the last few years or so. And we're not just referring to curved screens or quantum dot buzzwords. TVs, especially the smart ones, have become capable of sourcing content from a wide variety of sources, including from our smartphones. Or in this case, through our smartphones. That seems to be the path Samsung Smart TVs are traveling. Based on screenshots of its companion Smart View app, Samsung might be including a feature similar to Google Chromecast in its next Smart TVs.

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Google Home, Assistant now work with some Sony speakers, TVs

Google Home, Assistant now work with some Sony speakers, TVs

Google Home might be a smart speaker but, by itself, it isn’t exactly going to rock your house in terms of audio quality or even volume. And don’t even think about playing video directly on it. For those use cases, you’ll need dedicated audio and video equipment to make the best out of the experience. And what better way to do that than with equipment powered by Google’s technology as well. Sony has just announced that, thanks to a firmware upgrade, a number of its “Chromecast built-in” speakers and 4K HDR Android TVs now integrate with Google Home and, consequently, Google Assistant.

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Google Cast branding dropped in favor of Chromecast built-in

Google Cast branding dropped in favor of Chromecast built-in

The Google Cast brand hasn't been around that long, but Google is already phasing it out. The branding, which marked speakers and other things compatible with Google's casting technology, will disappear and be replaced with the 'Chromecast built-in' designation. The company's Google Cast website already mentions this change, though it seems to be happening slowly rather than in one big sweep.

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Google Daydream View worldwide release detailed

Google Daydream View worldwide release detailed

This morning Google revealed the pricing and release date of their first non-cardboard VR headset, Daydream View. This accessory works with any Daydream-ready smartphone - first Google Pixel and Pixel XL. It'll be available starting on the 10th of November, 2016, both online and at several retailers around the world.

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You can now buy the Daydream View headset, Chromecast Ultra

You can now buy the Daydream View headset, Chromecast Ultra

The Google Pixel smartphone isn’t the only thing that went on sale today. While we’re still waiting for word on some of Google’s more “unique” products, like the Google Home and Google Wi-Fi, Google fans can already put in an order for the Daydream View VR headset and the extra large but also extra capable Chromecast Ultra. That said, you might have to wait for a few weeks before you actually get your hands on either or both. Especially if they go out of stock immediately.

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Google Home device detailed : speakers, Chromecast, the anti-Echo

Google Home device detailed : speakers, Chromecast, the anti-Echo

Google has set about taking over our abodes this morning with a full reveal of the device called Google Home. This is the device we saw briefly earlier this year around Google I/O 2016, now coming from Google in a release-level manner. It doesn't look all that unlike a candle, or a wine glass, or a ... you know what. This system connects with a number of services right out the gate, including YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.

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Chromecast Ultra officially revealed for November launch

Chromecast Ultra officially revealed for November launch

As the rumors foretold, Google dedicated a little bit of time at its keynote today to reveal the Chromecast Ultra. A new version of the Chromecast meant for folks who are looking for a more premium media streaming experience, Chromecast Ultra will ship at a higher price point than the standard Chromecast, but it'll also support more features - the most notable of which being support for 4K HD.

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FOX Sports Go app hits Chromecast and Xbox One

FOX Sports Go app hits Chromecast and Xbox One

Earlier this month, the FOX Sports Go app launched for Roku, arguably the most popular set-top-box platform on the market. Many people use other devices to stream their content, though, including Google’s Chromecast and the Xbox One. As of today, owners of both those platforms can also download and use the FOX Sports Go app, joining the Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku users who already have access.

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4K Chromecast Ultra says hello in leaked press image

4K Chromecast Ultra says hello in leaked press image

Google's event on October 4 seems to be already filled to the brim with new hardware announcements, and a new Chromecast may be joining that roster. The Chromecast Ultra, which is rumored to be the 4K big brother to the more 1080p Chromecast, could very well see an announcement there as well. Today we're catching a glimpse at the new device, courtesy of a leaked press image.

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Google Wifi router detailed as daisy-chain mesh machine

Google Wifi router detailed as daisy-chain mesh machine

A rumor has surfaced about the next device in Google's oncoming collection of Pixel and Pixel-friendly machines. This one goes by the name Google Wifi, and it'll be a Wi-fi router the likes of which we've sort-of seen before. Google's released what we might classify as a test run of this device before in the Google OnHub for Google On and Google Home. Now it would appear that the device - or something very similar - will do something ever-so-slightly different and will cost a bit less.

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Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

The HTC-made, Google sold “Nexus” smartphones won’t be called Nexus anymore, according to sources. Instead, Marlin and Sailfish, as they were believed to be codenamed, will be called the Pixel and the Pixel XL. This would seem to corroborate earlier insider tips that the Nexus line is practically being put to pasture. The indications of that may be strong but it doesn’t sufficiently answer the questions on why Google would suddenly change direction and what the move means for its OEM partners.

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