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.
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!
This morning as I was listening to Pandora music app on my Android phone, I was pleasantly surprised by the Chromecast icon on the bottom right of the screen. If you have a good sound system, this can easily connect to Pandora. For those who are not familiar, Pandora is a free app which allows you to select radio station based on artists, genre, or songs. For a mere $3.99 / month, you can listen to it without any ads. The only downside is that you cannot select the particular song you want to hear at that moment. However, it does do a pretty good job in giving you a mix based on the song title or artist. You can also associate your Pandora account with your social network and share with others your favorites, likes, and activities. I also enjoy being able to listen to Pandora on my PC so I can use it when I work. Give it a try!