Make your guests happy with Chromecast guest mode

Chromecast, guest mode.

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.

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Current Chromecast Offers Dec 2014

There are several great Dec 2014 Christmas offers if you buy Chromecast. Some of them will buffer or even claim back the cost of the hardware! Check out some of them below:

  • Buy Chromecast before Dec. 21st and get $20 in Google Play credit.
  • 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.

New Line Up – Elmo, John Stewart, Spongebob Squarepants, Bollywood

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!

Chromecast Launches Games!

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.

 

Chromecast Backdrop Now Available

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!

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Google Expands List of Supported Devices for Screen Mirroring

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.

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(Source Google Support)

Amazon Fire TV Stick goes headon with Chromecast

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!

 

 

Chromecast adds new content with Disney, Twitch, iheartradio, and Dramafever!

Chromecast is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving. At a one time fee, you have been able to cast more and more content as promised by Google when this first launched. This week, Google announced the latest addition to its arsenal of content including three Disney apps, iHeartRadio for live radio, DramaFever, and Twitch.

Disney is a big welcome especially to those families with kids. No longer do kids have to be glued to their iPads. With Chromecast, you will now be able to cast content from Watch Disney, Watch Disney Junior for all your Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake the Pirate, and Princess Sofia fans, and also Disney XD for the teenagers.

iHeartRadio is another excellent app for all you radio listeners. This convenient app will turn your TV into a live streaming radio tuner accessing several top radio stations from talk, sports, news, to music at a snap.

DramaFever is an app extremely popular with those who love Korean, Japanese, Hong Kong and Chinese Drama. It also has series from Latin America boasting a total of 15,000 episodes globally! It also have movies so check it out!

Lastly, Google announced that Twitch will also be supporting Chromecast. Twitch is like youtube just for games. You can watch live gameplay or gameplay videos which has taken the gaming world by storm the past few years.

Google Cast Screen Mirroring Coming Soon To Chromecast

Google Cast Screen Mirroring Feature Comes To Chromecast

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.

Chromecast support for Apple and iPad iOS Now Available

netflix chromecast house of cardsOur 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!

http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/chrome/devices/chromecast/apps.html