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Chromecast Family Games Launched, More Apps Get Material Design

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“It is the calm before the storm.” Truer words have rarely been spoken. Whether we’re referring to an actual storm or a metaphorical one, the eerie calmness that precedes it does not go unnoticed. Sure enough, the months following Google I/O 2014 had little to no activity in the Android sphere, with Nexus 9 leaks and Nexus 6 references few and far between. But on 15th October, all hell broke loose, and a fair amount of Android activity was seen. The Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 announcements were important in their own right, but they were just a small part of the treats Google had in store for us.

In the time since then, we’ve seen factory image rollouts for the older Nexus dev. . . READ ON »

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Enable Guest Mode on Your Chromecast Today!

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Back at the I/O 2014 keynote earlier this year, Google announced that a future update to the Google Chromecast would bring Guest Mode functionality to the budget-friendly media streamer. Once enabled, this feature will allow users to cast to a Chromecast without needing to be on the same WiFi network. Four months and a couple of Chromecast companion app updates later, Guest Mode has not yet been enabled by the Mountain View giant.

Luckily, yesterday’s Chromecast companion app update brings us one step closer. And with some help from XDA Recognized Contributor r3pwn, we can now enable Guest Mode ourselves. This is accomplished using an application called #Configuration for Root and two simple comman. . . READ ON »

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Spruce Up Your Home Screen with Chromecast Wallpapers

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Android firmwares straight from OEMs usually have a rather poor choice of wallpapers available to select from. If you are looking for some good looking alternatives, you may want to consider downloading a wallpaper application or finding your desired background manually. Unlike Android, the Google Chromecast quite the opposite, shipping with quite a few beautiful images and pictures.

If you weren’t able to find a good looking wallpaper the old fashioned way, XDA Forum Member donniemceduns has made a handy application full of more than a few eye catching options. Chromecast Wallpapers, as the name suggests, is a collection of stock Chromecast wallpapers that have been made availa. . . READ ON »

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Android L to be Called Lemon Meringue Pie? Google Chromecast Rootable Again! – XDA Developer TV

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The Google Chromecast has become rootable once again! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Android L potentially being called Lemon Meringue Pie and be sure the check out the article talking about the Hotel and conference rates special for this year’s xda:devcon! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer Tom released a video showing you how to manually factory reset your Samsung Gear Live Android Wear Smartwatch. Then Newcomer Droidmodd3rx s. . . READ ON »

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Google Chromecast Rootable Once Again!

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Over the six months, the Google Chromecast has gained a considerable amount of official functionality. Ever since its SDK was released, there has been a flood of applications for Google’s wallet-friendly media streamer have become available. But despite the official added functionality, there was still a divide between what official users could do and what users with root access were able to do.

Acquiring root at first was surprisingly easy–leading some to believe that this was intentional on Google’s part. Unfortunately, however, it was not long before the security vulnerability was closed and acquiring root access was no longer possible on updated units. And making matte. . . READ ON »

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Enable Chromecast Mirroring from Any Device

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Just two days ago, we talked about how the Google Chromecast gained beta support for Android device screen mirroring. This new feature, which was originally discussed in the Google I/O 2014 keynote, is made possible by the latest Chromecast Android app update and the recently released Chromecast 17250 firmware.

While the newfound Android device mirroring capabilities are quite useful, they are also quite limited. Sure, the functionality works practically flawlessly on officially supported devices. However, only 14 devices are currently approved to screencast to the Chromecast.

Luckily, this is XDA-Developers, where dreams come true and OEM limitations removed. And like various other th. . . READ ON »

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[APK] Chromecast Can Now Mirror Your Android Device’s Screen

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Ever since the Google Chromecast was released a little under a year ago, it’s had a relatively interesting life. On one hand, Google’s diminutive $35 media streamer was always an excellent budget friendly media streamer for those happy living in the cloud. But up until very recently, the little streamer never offered too many content sources. This has began to change when Google opened up the device with the release of the Chromecast SDK. Now, the Chromecast gains an even more highly requested feature: Android screen mirroring.

You may recall that this upcoming feature was first mentioned during the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Now thanks to the latest 17250 firmware and a. . . READ ON »

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Enjoy Spotify on Your Chromecast with Spoticast

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A few years ago, not many people expected that music would be streamed from the Internet legally. Then came services like Spotify, which allow users to stream music on various devices. It’s officially available for Windows, OSX, Linux (outdated, but still), and on almost every mobile operating system. The one device that is missing on this list is the Chromecast—well, “was” missing.

Thanks to XDA Forum Member NOPDevelopments, Spotify can be used with the Chromecast. Spoticast is an unofficial port of Spotify and was made without any official affiliation. To try it on your Chromecast, you need to have a premium account and enable “Device Broadcast Status” in th. . . READ ON »

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Chromecast Updated to Build 16664, Here are Rooted Alternatives

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The world of  users is divided up into the Haves and the Have-Nots. By this, I am of course referring to whether or not a particular user was lucky enough to attain root access before the device updated itself to the root-blocking build 12840 OTA.

Earlier today, the Chromecast started receiving an OTA update to build 16664. No, this version does not bring back root access by way of a vulnerable bootloader. Rather, it offers bug fixes, stability improvements, saved volume preferences, improved IPv6 support, and improved DNS robustness. Now when dealing with a device in such a precarious situation where root is no longer attainable, you’d generally be faced with a choice: stay roo. . . READ ON »

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