From today until Feb 4th, Groupon has the Google Chromecast available at a $10 discount for only $25. Note this is refurbished but it comes with 90 days warranty from Google and free returns from Groupon. Shipping is free but there is tax depending on your state.
If you look at reviews and the features on our site, Chromecast continues to improve and add content as well as supported apps. Even thought it is over a year old, it still goes head on with newer streaming sticks such as Fire TV stick.
If you missed the holiday deals, this is a great way to get your first Chromecast or to gift to someone!
AllCast iPhone and iPad users can stop being jealous of their Android counterparts. AllCast has finally enabled iOS users to cast their photos, music, and videos to their TV screen. Previously, if you had an iPhone or iPad, your only option to share your screen to the TV was through Apple TV. Now you can launch Allcast and show people photos, share music, videos with a click of a few buttons. What you can also do is to use your iOS device and access a shared folder on the network and stream a movie file.
First, you install AllCast app and select your Chromecast device.
Once your Chromecast is recognized by the app, you can immediately access your content. If you choose to, you can access your profile on Google+, Instagram, files on Dropbox, Media Server on your network, and Google Drive.
Upgrading to AllCast Premium will remove ads, splashscreen, and the video limit.
You can also select the preferred video size at the options page.
Below is an example of a photo being shared through AllCast from an iPhone 6. Very easy!
Google announced the launch of Google Cast which uses the same technology to stream music to speakers, sound bars, and audio / visual. Similar to Chromecast, you cast the audio stream by pressing the cast icon and selecting a Google Cast Ready speaker. Google Cast will be supported through Android, iOS or web. Current list of apps include the following:
TuneIn and more…
I think we all can admit that this is exactly what we had in mind when we wanted to stream music over our Chromecast. The music quality output from our TV is subpar. Essentially, this allows you to stream music from your phone or tablet directly to a device designed to play music. Google Cast supported devices will launch in Spring of 2015 and some name brands are already on the list such as Sony, LG, Denon and more.
Google announced the ability for guests to case content to your screen without signing onto your WiFi. The only requirement is for the Android device must be located in the same room as the Chromecast. o enable guest mode, simply go to the Chromecast app on your Android device and select “Devices”. Choose your Chromecast then tap “Guest Mode” and check “On”. Once you do the latest update to your app, you should have this feature and see the below message.
Buy from Costco between Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 and get $10 in Google Play Credit and also an additional $15 Google Play Credit.
Try 3 months for free of Sesame Street Go when you buy at Costco Wholesale. Offer must be redeemed by Jan. 2, 2015.
Enjoy free 60 days of membership for DailyBurn Video Workouts also at Costco Wholesale.
Free ‘X-Men’ movie from Google Play until Feb. 28, 2015.
Get 3 months of DramaFever for free when you buy Chromecast between Dec. 1, 2015 – Jan 31, 2015.
Get 2 months free from Hulu Plus
Buy Chromecast from BJ’s Wholesale Club and receive $20 credit towards a movie rental from Google Play
For any current and new Chromecast users, free Google Play Music for 90 days if you set up your device before Jan. 31, 2015.
Some disclaimers, the states promos are limited to the United States, not available for refurbished Chromecast devices, and the big G reserves the right to amend the offers at any time. Also note that some of the promotions such as free subscription will require a form of payment such as creditcard or Paypal and you must cancel the subscription or you will be charged for subscription fee.
Google announced through their Chrome Blog a new line up of apps that will start supporting Chromecast. They are Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and Sesame Street Go. This will give a great mix for literally everyone of all ages in your family especially during the holidays! In addition, Internet radio app TuneIn, EPIX, YuppTV, and ENCORE Play will also gain casting capabilities.
YuppTV is one of the most recognized app for your Indian Bollywood fix. From Kum Kum Bhagya, Kochadaiiyaan-The Legend-Hindi,
Shahid, Main Tera Hero, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Krrish 3 all in your hands ready to live stream to your TV!
Google announced on their Chrome blog of the launching of family friendly games for Chromecast. With the use of your Android device, you can use it as a game controller to play family favorites such as “Monopoly”, “Scrabble”, “Connect Four”, “Simon Swipe”, and “Wheel of Fortune”. You can also dance by holding your phone acting like a sensor playing “Just Dance Now”. The phone will detect your movements and give you points based on the accuracy of your moves just like “Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)”. You can also play quizzes and answer questions using your phone as well.
(image from wonderhowto.com)
You can use a tablet or a phone that is on your Wi-Fi network!
If you want to take your gaming to another level, try out GamingCast by Eli Sherer. For just $1.50, you can play an array of classic games such as Pong, Xonox, Tetris, and Snake! You can only play single player mode with the exception of Pong, but multiplayer will be supported shortly.
Ever wonder how you can customize the background on your Chromecast idle or wait screen? Well now you have an option through Chromecast Backdrop. Backdrop allows you to customize the photos while you are not casting. You will also have the ability to share photos from your G+ album. You can also set up weather forecast based off your location.
First, you go into Chromecast app on your phone or pc. You will notice the Backdrop menu available. You have several options under Backdrop Preferences. You can select to show photos from your Google+ account, display weather, art, and other options. Once you set your preferences, you will get a ‘Chromecast is personalized’ message and you are set!
And now, you can even add a tab that will allow you to show pictures from NASA on your Chromecast Backdrop!
Google has expanded devices which support screen mirroring to your Chromecast device. This will allow you to screen any app from your Android device to the TV. In addition to all Nexus devices, Samsung Galaxy, and now Sony Xperia Z3, Z2, and Z2 tablet.
However, this will not send any audio so it will be limitedto visuals only. Give it a try, it is pretty neat.
Amazon has finally began its pre-order much anticipated Fire TV Stick which will go head on against Chromecast. The price is for $39 and will be expected to be shipped Nov. 19th. There is a disclaimer on it’s website indicating that if you order today, it will arrive AFTER January 15, 2015 so it won’t make it in time for Christmas which is a major disappointment. Not suprisingly, it touts better hardware than Chromecast considering it is released a whole year after Chromecast. One major advantage over Chromecast is that you can finally stream Amazon Prime movies, TV shows, games , and music. On the downside, this will tie you in more with your Prime account making you more dependent on it.
Some other vital details:
4 times the storage and 2 times the memory of Chromecast including dual-core processor and one GB of memory
Over 200,000 TV shows, several million songs, games, and movies.
Instant streaming with ASAP. Obvious knock on Chromecast as it takes several seconds to cast your content to your TV.
A TV remote for your Fire TV stick. This feature was received with mixed feedback. Some people don’t want to deal with another remote and there is no word if there will be a remote dedicated on the app like the Chromecast.
App not available for iOS! Only Android available at the time of launch. With the use of the App, you will be able to use voice search.
Stream personal photos and videos through your amazon cloud drive.
Setup is similar to Chromecast. If you look at the first icon, it looks like it will be powered via the same manner as the Chromecast. Will there be overheating issues? I’m not sure. We will see when we get the device!