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Chromecast News - - Front Page Comments And Discussion / 'AirCast' Beta Lets Your Stream Local Content Via Chromecast« on: August 18, 2013, 06:37:14 PM »
Just a few days ago developer Koushik Dutta showed us how he's implementing local video streaming into the latest CyanogenMod version. In many a pundit's opinions, the one major obstacle that Chromecast has that prevents it from competing fully with Apple's Airplay is the inability to stream local content from your device. Well today we're happy to say he's come out with a standalone app called 'AllCast'(Koushik just changed the name to 'AirCast') which , while in Beta form promises to solve this dilemma. As you can see in the video above you simply navigate to your gallery as well as Dropbox or Google Drive and stream them to your tv.
Now the app as I mentioned is in Beta and it's actually designed to self-destruct after about 48 hours. Apparently Koushik wants to keep releasing betas until he's happy with a final version. We're also curious to see how Google takes to this app since it might infringe on some of the content licensing deals and apps they've arranged. It does seem inevitable though that we'll see either a third party or Google created way to stream local content eventually and it's good to see talented developers like Koushik pushing the Chromecast technology forward. If you want to try it yourself you can grab the files from the link available on his G Page Here
Chromecast News - - Front Page Comments And Discussion / Chromecast 'ready to cast' Start Page Could Eventually Show News, Feeds, More« on: August 16, 2013, 07:08:25 PM »
Right now the Google Chromecast is a pretty popular piece of Kit. Sold out practically everywhere, you'll wait weeks or even months if ordering through the standard places like the Google Play Store, Amazon.com or Best Buy. The Chromecast device is incredibly straightforward and relies on a 'barely there' user interface that let's us with a tap of our finger throw video, web pages or more onto out televisions screens or monitors. Ah...but what if Google has something more in store here? Right now the 'ready to cast' start page is basically an empty page with a picture and id of the location you want to cast to. But in the future it might have much more...in fact it might act as some kind of information hub with news, updates from feeds, photos, heck even advertising.
This possibility comes our way from the tech blog Liliputing who in a recent article cited some code noticed by AndroidPolice during a teardown that lays the groundwork for a lot more information on the 'ready to cast' page than there is now. For one it looks like we might soon be able to pick 'themes' for the kinds of images that appear on the 'cast' page. Other code points to the possibility of News, Offers and Recent Photos. Digging a little further, they spoke with software developer Leon Nichols who reported that the page is really just a simple HTML page and thus any manner of information would be easy to put on it.
Chromecast News - - Front Page Comments And Discussion / Official Video Of Google's Intro Of Chromecast At The July 24th Press Event« on: August 13, 2013, 05:41:36 PM »
On July 24th, 2013, the world was introduced to Chromecast. Coming as a surprise introduction during their Nexus 7 Press Event, the Chromecast quickly became the talk of the show and sold out almost immediately at the Google Play Store, Amazon.com and BestBuy. Above is the 20 minute initial introduction of Chromecast during the hour long event. Google VP Mario Caros is introduced by Sundar Pichai and he walks us through how simple yet powerful Chromecast is and how its capabilities is available cross platform and cross devices.
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Chromecast News - - Front Page Comments And Discussion / Google Launches Chromecast Commercial Series« on: August 12, 2013, 04:05:18 PM »
Google has launched a series of long and short forum television commercials featuring the minute long 'Chromecast: For Bigger Fun' ad above and three shorter versions that each follow in succession that are 15 seconds long. The shorter versions are titled: 'Chromecast: For Bigger Escapes', the next called: 'Chromecast: For Bigger JoyRides', and finally there's also a shorter version of he original that's also called 'Chromecast: For Bigger Fun' that's just a scaled down version of the minute long version.
Each commercial, in essence shows different groups of individuals watching some form of content on a mobile device, whether phone, tablet or laptop...and with the press of a button, 'casting' whatever they are viewing on to their giant HDTV screen. The spots effectively show how simple...and powerful...Chromecast is. So what do you think of the spots?
Chromecast News - - Front Page Comments And Discussion / iFixit Strips Down The Chromecast: Shows The Magic Behind Google's Streamer« on: August 12, 2013, 12:20:50 PM »
One of the traditions whenever a new mobile or tech device comes out is for iFixit to do a teardown of the hardware to let us see what's inside, how it's put together and just how repairable the device is by the common hobbyist as well as professional. As a side benefit we also get to see a lot of the technical details...such as what chips and memory are used and how it's all put together. Well, the Chromecast has just been stripped bare and this magical streaming device which has taken the tech world by storm is remarkedly straightforward, consisting of a single circuit board with chips on both sides and held together by a dab of glue around the edges.
Now the heart of the Chromecast is a system on a chip (SOC) made by Marvell and using 16GB of NAND flash memory by Micron. Wireless connectivity is handled by an Azurewave b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth and FM combo module. Finally, we have 512MB of DDR3 SDRAM by Micron. Of course these are all attached to the HDMI and MiniUSB ports. Here's the details:
* AzureWave AW-NH387 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth and FM Combo Module
You can read more about how it's all put together at the iFixit site.
Chromecast News - - Front Page Comments And Discussion / WSJ: Amazon Corrects Chromecast Wait Times: Weeks, Not Months« on: August 09, 2013, 07:34:29 PM »
A lot of Chromecast buyers have chosen to purchase their hot new Google media streamer from Amazon instead of the Google Play Store in order to take advantage of the free shipping that the retailer offers. The Google Play Store sold out of the Chromecast within hours of its introduction and ever since there has been a several week wait, which might also explain why customers are going to alternative sources. However, yesterday a lot of Amazon customers who have a Chromecast on order received a disheartening email claiming they might not see their purchase until mid to late October. This of course sent quite a number of them into a tizzy but we're happy to say that it was all a mistake.
The company, in an email sent to the Wall Street Journal clarified the situation and said ""We are actively fulfilling orders and all customers who placed orders prior to August 7 should receive their orders in the coming weeks,". Now this time-frame applies to those who ordered the device prior to August 7th. If you order today, there in fact is a wait of 2-3 months. We have to think the popularity of the Chromecast has to have taken the company by surprise, even though it was fairly predictable given the low price. The good news is that we're sure they've ramped up production and we see Chromecasts-a-plenty come holiday season.
« on: August 09, 2013, 04:45:35 PM »
This board is for all issues related to rooting, hacking, modifying and any other 'development' related issues with your Google Chromecast. While at first only officially supporting such apps and sites such as Netflix, Youtube, Chrome and Google Play, much work is being done to expand the capabilities of the Chromecast. This board will show you how to make the most of your device and exploit and use it to its full potential.
« on: August 09, 2013, 04:42:07 PM »
This board is for all topics related to the ordering and shipping of your Chromecast. While made and sold by Google at the Google Play Store, the Chromecast is also sold through a number of major name retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy. Any topic related to ordering and/or shipping such as cost, wait times, returns, charge or payment issues, sales and deals etc should go here.