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Jimmy McGee · Nov 26, 2014

Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Chromecast – XDA TV

There is no doubt that Amazon is a huge player in many markets, and they want to be a huge player in the mobile market as well. From the Kindle hardware and app to the new Amazon Fire TV, Amazon is big enough to play with Google in its own sandbox. But can it outlast Google in its own game? In this episode of XDA TV, XDA TV Producer TK compares the new Amazon Fire Stick to Google’s Chromecast. Recently...

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Faiz Malkani · Nov 13, 2014

Chromecast Family Games Launched, More Apps Get Material Design

"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....

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Will Verduzco · Oct 9, 2014

Enable Guest Mode on Your Chromecast Today!

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 13, 2014

Spruce Up Your Home Screen with Chromecast Wallpapers

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 25, 2014

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

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...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 22, 2014

Google Chromecast Rootable Once Again!

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 11, 2014

Enable Chromecast Mirroring from Any Device

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 9, 2014

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

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 11, 2014

Enjoy Spotify on Your Chromecast with Spoticast

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...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 9, 2014

Chromecast Updated to Build 16664, Here are Rooted Alternatives

The world of Google Chromecast 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...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 17, 2014

HTC’s Reddit AMA, Huawei Ascend P6 KitKat Beta, Streaming Local Content to ChromeCast with LocalCast – XDA Developer TV

HTC America participated in a Reddit AMA and spoke about their future plans! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the Huawei Ascend P6 is getting an Android KitKat beta and their is now a way to stream your local content on your Chromecast with LocalCast! Jordan talks about how Google acquired a sound-based login company. Be sure to check...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 15, 2014

Stream Multimedia Files from Android to Chromecast with LocalCast

Chromecast is a blast, no doubt about it. A small USB stick-like device that can do magic with your TV is something that might interest even skeptics. Streaming YouTube videos or some other multimedia was never so easy. Not so long ago, we talked about Google making the Chromecast SDK available to developers. As you will read in a moment, Android-Chromecast is capable of doing some really amazing things. XDA Senior Member dakdroid, who also created the rather interesting music...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 7, 2014

KitKat Arrives for VZW HTC One, Galaxy S2 Gets Official CM 11 Nightlies, Chromecast SDK Available! – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4 KitKat for the Verizon HTC One has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the Samsung Galaxy S2 is getting official CyanogenMod 11 nightlies and the Chromecast SDK is now available for your Hacking pleasure! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 3, 2014

Google Chromecast SDK Now Available to Developers, More Supported Apps to Come!

The $35 Google Chromecast has had a bit of a chequered history in its relatively short six-month lifespan. While the device offered streaming video and audio capabilities previously seen only in far more costly accessories, the list of officially supported services has always been quite sparse. At first this looked like it would be only a minor inconvenience, as the device was promptly rooted and given some nice aftermarket developer love. But that root exploit was promptly closed off in a forced...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 5, 2014

Eureka-ROM for Your Rooted Google Chromecast

Not too long ago, we talked about KyoCast by XDA Forum Member Kyonz. For those who may not remember, KyoCast allowed users to bypass Google's predefined whitelist of supported services.  It worked by redirecting any requests for whitelist information over to KyoCast servers, where various third party services and applications are allowed. Now as Kyocast support is drawing to a close, a fantastic replacement has emerged in the form of Eureka-ROM for the Google Chromecast. The work comes from the aptly titled Team-Eureka (consisting of XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 13, 2013

Android 4.4.2 Released, New Chromecast Apps, High End Ubuntu Touch Phones Coming in 2014! – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now available for the current Google Nexus devices and its source code has been released. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Z Ultra now have Google Play Edition Devices and the Ubuntu Touch project has announced future devices. That's not all that covered in today's video! Jordan talks...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 12, 2013

Chromecast Now Supports Google Play Music and Movies from the Web… It’s About Time!

The Google Chromecast team has been rather busy in the past few days. Just yesterday, we wrote about how the Chromecast had received an OTA update to build 14651, bringing support for the new Chromecast V2 API, as well as a revised home screen and the groundwork for the forthcoming Android-to-Chromecast display mirroring. And just one day earlier, we covered how support was added for ten new apps, including a couple that deliver local content to Google's frugal media streamer. Now,...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2013

Chromecast Update Build 14651 Brings Improved Home Screen, New Features

Just yesterday, we talked about how the Google Chromecast just got a whole lot more useful thanks to ten new supported applications. Well as it turns out, that's not all that's going on in the Chromecast world. An update has actually been in the process of rolling out ever since last Tuesday, and it is now finally starting to make its way to most devices. The new build comes in at version 14651 (replacing 13300), and it brings many new...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013

Google Chromecast Now Supports Ten New Apps, Local Content Now Here

The Google Chromecast is a great little media streaming device---and one that doesn't break the bank while accomplishing the basics and doing them relatively well. But ever since the device's launch, the list of supported apps has been quite depressing. Despite this, Google recently made changes to the Google Play Store to better highlight Chromecast-enabled applications, indirectly signaling that more apps would be added soon. Now that day is here, as there are ten new supported apps that have been added...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 8, 2013

Android 4.4.1 Hints at Upcoming Chromecast Mirroring

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Despite its limitations, the Google Chromecast is a great little device for its paltry $35 asking price. However, it's certainly not perfect, and one of the main limitations is in the limited number of content providers. Those lucky enough to have rooted their device before the first OTA blocked the root method have some fun options to play around with such as a custom ROM and the like. But those who received the...

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