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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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Chrome now has Cast built-in, can share tabs in Hangouts

Chrome now has Cast built-in, can share tabs in Hangouts

Google Cast has definitely come a long way, from an odd but category-defining HDMI dongle to something that almost every new connected device, from speakers to TVs, supports. Almost ironically, it has also made “Cast” more invisible, like a feature that you expect to be just there, no setup required. That is definitely the thinking behind Google’s new big feature for its Chrome, which bakes Cast functionality right into the browser. And just to prove that Hangouts isn’t really dead, that functionality extends to Google’s now more business-minded communication service as well.

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VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

Even with Android TV, Google’s formal presence on TV sets and boxes remains rather week. That, however, doesn’t always matter considering how its Google Cast technology exists in every Android TV and beyond, providing a bridge to Google’s services and content. Case in point is VIZIO’s Cast-ready SmartCast products, which, thanks to an updated SmartCast app, will soon be able to stream videos from Google’s own selection of movies and TV shows from Google Play Movies & TV, in addition to other services like Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu.

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Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

The competition for streaming device dominance is a fierce one, but Google is one of the companies sitting at the top of the heap. Google announced during its Q2 2016 earnings call that sales of its Chromecast line up of devices has jumped to 30 million. The last time Google shared Chromecast sales numbers was in May, when it said the line had sold 25 million. That means sales have jumped an impressive five million in just a couple of months.

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