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!
Oops they did it again! The team that brought you the ability to cast any file from your phone to any device! Not only is this limited to Chromecast, but also to Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Smart TV. Previously, Google blocked this feature when it was first launched. But with the opening of the SDK, the team was able to re-enable this feature. Give it a try now!
Google made it official. Chromecast SDK has now been made public inviting Google developers to create their own apps as they wish with one caveat – no porn. This should be no surprise to everyone since they also blocked efforts of people using Google Glass for porn.
If you want to start creating your own Chromecast app, start here: https://developers.google.com/cast/docs/downloads. It will describe what you need to create a Chromecast app. First, you need a sender application and a receiver application. Details are found here https://developers.google.com/cast/docs/developers
For the sender application, obtain files needed to start building your Android, iOS, or Chrome API. For the receiver application, you will need to first determine which media type your application needs to support.
More details can be found at the above links. For users, you can rejoice! Chromecast will be a lot more fun very very soon!
Although the Chromecast device launched with a lot of hype, the launch of new apps has not necessarily been “blazing” if you know what I mean. The number of apps has been rolling out at a slow crawl. Yet the reviews of Chromecast and what it can do for the average home has been extremely positive. Google has a dedicated page to list out the recent app roll out which supports Chromecast.
Setting up Chromecast on a Windows 8 device is similar to how you would set up with a Windows XP or Windows 7 Machine.
1) First, you need to ensure you have a WiFi enabled PC or Laptop. If you don’t, you can purchase one similar to the one below to enable WiFi.
2) Next, ensure you have Google Chrome web browser installed on your PC. If not, navigate to this page to install it. http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/#eula
Click ‘Accept and Install’.
3) Next, go to Chromecast Setup – https://cast.google.com/chromecast/setup
Download the app for Chromecast and install.
4) Follow the instructions on the TV set to enable your Chromecast with your pc.
5) If you want to cast your Chrome browser onto your TV and allow you to watch Amazon Prime content through Chromecast, download and install the extension as well.
6) You should get the below pop up to add the extension to Chrome.
7) Once it is installed, go to a site like youtube and and click the cast icon and you should be able to see a menu such as below. Select the name you designated for your Chromecast to watch the content on your TV.