This is the moment a lot of people have been waiting for. A native way to cast a mirror image of your Android device will soon be available. Google announced at I/O this year that they will be releasing an update to Chromecast where it will have a feature to mirror your exact image on your Android device. This will allow you to show people what is on your screen from Maps, GMail, Instagram, eBay, Flipboard, well.. basically everything!
This directly competes with AirPlay function and eliminates Apple TV’s advantage. I just checked my Chromecast app which is running v1.7.4 and the ‘Cast Screen’ option is not available yet. You can check yours by going to the navigation drawer of the Chromecast app.
Google Cast Screen Mirroring Feature Comes To Chromecast.
Our iOS user friend’s rejoice! Google has added Chromecast support for Chrome app on iOS! This means that Apple iPhone and iPad users may now stream videos via Chrome browser and cast it to their screen. In other words, iPhone and iPad users are no longer limited to apps which have Chromecast support. They can cast content where Chromecast support is enabled on their website.
You can check Google’s directory of Chromecast ready apps and see if you can find something. There is also a way to check what is supported on iOS. Give it a try!
Have you been having issues with Netflix on your Chromecast and get a 16003 error? Well you are not alone. It is reported that the update build 14975 pushed by Google may be the culprit. Users have been reporting issues when trying to cast Netflix onto their Chromecast device. Netflix is indicating at their site that this is due to a clock issue between Netflix, Chromecast, and your device. Follow the below instruction to get this fixed.
1) Sync up your clock on your device to the Internet through settings / data and time. Ensure it is on the same timezone as your location.
2) Open your Netflix app from your device. Go to app settings, force stop, and clear all cache.
3) Reboot your device and open only Netflix app to cast.
Update July 14:The supreme court ruled that Aero was in fact subject to royalties for distributing media and is now in court again to try to be considered as a cable company so they can pay compulsory licensing arrangement but that also was shut down. Options may be running out for Aereo.
For those who are ready to cut cable and enjoy truly free TV, your time may be coming soon. Aero, the company that provides free OTA service across tablets and mobile phones will be coming to your Chromecast soon. How this works, you connect to one of their HD antenna that is in their cloud. From these antenna’s you can access HD content and watch them from any device connected to your tablet or smartphone. It’s subscription service includes live DVR service for $4 and for an additional $4, you get 60 hours of PVR time!
So what does this mean for Chromecast? You can finally watch free OTA TV without that annoying TV that has been hovering over your living room and only be able to catch 1/3 of the channels! Give it a try!
If you were wondering how you can project a presentation such as Powerpoint only your Chromecast enabled TV, you now have an option. Google launched an update to Chromecast where you will be able to cast presentations from your Google Drive. You can upload any Microsoft Office Powerpoint file and it will be ready to be casted. Follow these steps.
1) Open Google Drive from a Wi-Fi enabled PC with Google Chrome.
2) Navigate to your ppt file which you have uploaded.
3) Open the ppt file with “Google Slides”
3) From Google Slides, go to “Present” button at the upper right of your screen. A drop down menu will appear, hover over “Present on another device” then select your Chromecast.
Amazon announced today their own media streaming device called the fireTV. This is a much anticipated device which Amazon has been working on for quite some time. It has extremely impressive hardware specs with quad core processor, 2gb memory which is better than any other streaming device available in the market today. It also has a remote control which has capability to recognize voice and you can speak what you want to watch.
The biggest advantage over Chromecast is the large Amazon Instant video offering which includes free Amazon Prime videos. A lot of people who own the Chromecast have been searching for ways to watch Amazon videos using the Chromecast with mixed reviews.
Will you jump ship and purchase the fireTV?
As we have all ordered the wrong item from Amazon at times, you may also wanted to switch the WiFi network on your Chromecast. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to change this once the Chromecast is set up. The only way to change your WiFi network on your Chromecast is to perform a factory reset. There are two ways to perform a factory reset on your Chromecast.
First – go to your Chromecast app and allow your app to discover your Chromecast. Remember, your TV needs to be on and input set to the HDMI your Chromecast is connected to.
Scroll down and you will find ‘Factory Reset’ button.
Once you click Factory reset, click continue and you are done! Perform setup on your new WiFi and you are good to go.
The 2nd way to do a factory reset is by holding the power button of your Chromecast for 25 seconds until the solid light starts flashing.
See July 19, 2014 update here. Casting is now supported on Chrome browser on iOS devices.
A lot of people may ask how you can Chromecast from an iPad. The answer is simple. Only apps supported by Chromecast may be used from an iPad. Once you purchase your device, install the Chromecast app from iTunes and plug in your Chromecast onto your TV and setup per instructions given here. Once you have that set up, test it on apps such as youtube. You should see the blue ‘Cast’ tab similar to below:
From the dropdown, select the name you chose for your Chromecast. You should be able to cast the content onto your TV. Here are some of the apps which you can install onto your iPad and cast onto your TV (YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music, Hulu Plus, HBOGO, Pandora). The apps should automatically detect that you have Chromecast app installed on your iPad and the icon appear. If not, you may need to update the icon. Remember your iPad WiFi must be on and connected to the same network as Chromecast.
This is the same for all versions of iPad whether you are using iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, or iPad Air.
I have been watching House of Cards by casting it from any nearby device whether it is my LG G2 Android phone, iPad, or just my WiFi enabled PC using a Chromebrowser. It is amazing!! The same instruction works for iPhones.
Google launched Photowall for Chromecast today. This is a simple app which allows you to share pictures from your phone or Google+ onto your Chromecast enabled device such as TV. There are several unique ways of doing this. You can share an album where it can automatically create a slideshow or a youtube video. Or you can take pictures and cast it directly to the TV as you take them. Pretty nifty!
This is the moment our readers in the UK have been waiting for. Google is set to launch the immensely popular Chromecast in the UK on March 19th. Below is a snapshot obtained from AndroidPolice from a Dixon store internal memo regarding the stock that they should’ve received this past Friday. Are you in the UK and plan on buying / purchasing a Chromecast? Leave a comment!