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This board is for forum members to share their own tips and tricks that they use with the Google Chromecast.  A great place to learn to use your device like a pro!

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Chromecast Apps / Welcome to the Chromecast App Board!
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:02:24 PM »
The Chromecast App Board is for all topics related to the various apps that are available for the Chromecast.  This includes both officially supported Apps such as Netflix, Youtube and the Chrome browser as well as those apps provided by 3rd parties that work with the device.  If you're looking for a particular app or functionality...or would like to share which ones you use with others...this is the place!

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Chromecast OS / Welcome to the Google Chromecast OS Board!
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:58:34 PM »
The Google Chromecast OS is a custom OS derived mostly from Google's Android OS and specifically designed to seamlessly integrate with the hardware of your Chromecast.  This board is for all discussions related to Chromecast operating system including operation, help topics, updates and anything else OS related.

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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?


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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:

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* AzureWave AW-NH387 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth and FM Combo Module
* Marvell DE3005-A1 System on Chip
* Micron MT29F16G08MAA 16 Gb (2 GB) NAND Flash Memory
* Micron D9PXV 512 MB DDR3L SDRAM


You can read more about how it's all put together at the iFixit site.


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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.

CNET

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Chromecast Development / Welcome to the Chromecast Development Board!
« 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.

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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.

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Chromecast Help / Chromecast Specifications (specs)
« on: August 09, 2013, 04:38:52 PM »
The following are the official specifications (specs) for the Google Chromecast Media Streamer taken from the Google Play Chromecast page.


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Chromecast Polls / Where did you buy your Chromecast?
« on: August 09, 2013, 04:31:19 PM »
Where did you buy your Chromecast?

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'The Lounge' is the place to go to discuss any topic not related to the 'Chromecast'.  It's a great way to get to know other forum members and find out their thoughts on any number of issues.  Anything is game including current events, sports, music and movies, technology, hobbies, travel.  Just please keep it clean and legal as this is a family friendly forum. :)

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Site News / Tapatalk Is Now Live!
« on: August 09, 2013, 04:10:52 PM »
For those of you that like to reach ChromecastForum.net on your mobile phone I'm happy to let you know that 'Tapatalk', the popular forum app is now active.  You can find us on the Tapatalk network under 'Chromecast Forum'  Enjoy!

BFM

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Welcome to the #1 Chromecast Forum on the internet.  Please take a moment to introduce yourself to our other forum members.  Let us know where you're from, how you're liking your Chromecast and anything else you feel like sharing. 

I'll start by telling you a bit about myself.  I'm Rob, aka 'Babyfacemagee' or 'BFM' here on the forums.  I'm an administrator and work on a number of Android and other mobile device forums on the web.  I'm originally from New York but now reside in sunny Santa Monica, California.  I'm a huge technology fan and ordered a Chromecast the day it became available.  In my opinion, it's one of the coolest tech gadgets to come out in recent memory.  So tell us your story...and see you in the forum!

BFM

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Great news for those now and future Chromecast owners that have been looking forward to a way to stream audio and video from ANY app you happen to have on your device, even if it's not one of the officially supported such as Youtube, Netflix or the Google Play Store.  ClockworkMod Recovery Developer Koushik 'Koush' dutta has proudly demo'd a tweak to the popular CyanogenMod ROM that has integrated Chromecast support allowing a user to stream ANY video or audio source on their device.  Pretty amazing really. 

As you can see in the video above all you do is start up an applicable video or audio player and a 'Play With Chromecast' notification will pop up.  That's it.  The stream will play on your Chromecast dongle. There's no need for individual developers to update or modify their apps APIs or anything as it's built into the Android custom CyanogenMod ROM.    Now, it's also assumed that this version of the ROM also includes the ability to stream local and cloud files as he previously has shown.  Now there's no official word on when this modification will be made available but it's expected to be included in the latest CyanogenMod 10.2 build when it becomes available. 


Koush

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The Google Chromecast has taken the world by storm and so it only makes sense that one of the first stories I should post on the site is a nice step by step overview as well as general review of Chromecast.  Droid-Life.com did a nice video review that I've posted above that starts out with an unboxing of the device and a detailed description of both what the Chromecast does and how to do it.

While Chromecast currently works with Chrome, Netflix, Youtube and Google Play content it's widely expected to support a large number of other apps and sites real soon.  Thus, the Chromecast potentially could be the ultimate media streaming device and for only $35 it's simply a steal. 


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