Chromecast

Google introduces family games within Chromecast

Looks like Google is trying to fill up the casual gaming niche with its products, recently launching its first official Android TV platform in the Nexus Player – which also doubles as a casual gaming console – and now introducing family-oriented games within Chromecast. Looks like the holidays are going to be a lot of fun for you Chromecast users.

New devices supported by Chromecast for more streaming joy

As the new devices for 2014 roll in, a lot of the older devices and standards have had to adjust and tweak themselves to play nice with the current crop of smartphones, phablets, and tablets. One of those is Chromecast, Google’s streaming-slash-screen casting dongle that now allows more gadgets to connect to it for more big-screen streaming goodness.

Walmart’s VUDU Spark set to challenge streaming dongles

Retail giant Walmart is set to challenge the dominance of streaming dongles like Google's Chromecast or Roku's Streaming Stick with their very own VUDU Spark. Well, at least according to their FCC filing for the device before its actual retail launch. Documents show that just like its competitors in the market, it's a stick you plug in to your TV's HDMI port which will then connect to your WiFi and stream videos to the larger screen from your mobile device of choice.

Google Chromecast coming soon to Mexico (finally!)

For those who are living in Mexico and have been dreaming of trying out Google Chromecast from their own home, Christmas will surely come early. The streaming dongle will finally be available for the US's neighbours, allowing users the capability of streaming supported apps and services from their phone or tablet to thei bigger screens of their TV.

Firefox for Android Beta tests out browser casting feature

There are still people who use Firefox as their browser on both desktops and mobiles, although that percentage is growing smaller and smaller by the year. Last year (2013), that percentage was 20.09%, if the guys at Statcounter are to be believed.* But that is not stopping Mozilla from continuing to develop the Android version of their browser, now coming up with a “mirroring” feature that enables devices to cast a tab of the browser to a Chromecast or Miracast streaming device.

Watch videos from Firefox for Android on your TV

Sending content from any mobile device to your TV is possible with Chromecast or Roku. Another way is to use Firefox for Android to view content from your smartphone or tablet straight to your TV as long as they are supported.

Enable ‘Guest Mode’ on your Chromecast, needs rooted device

As far back as Google I/O 2014, the mothership was already talking about enabling “Guest Mode” on Chromecast devices – that is, enabling users on other WiFi networks to stream media to Google’s casting dongle-slash-device. Well, four months hence and a number of updates have come and gone for the Chromecast companion app and we still haven’t seen this mode enabled.

Google adds ‘Backdrop’ feature to Chromecast

A beautiful backdrop as screensaver is nothing new but Chromecast didn’t arrive with it. There really is no need but some Chromecast users have requested such feature on their TVs. Google has finally released this backdrop feature allowing anyone to customize a TV screen by displaying a favorite photo album from Google+, artwork from museums and galleries via the Google Cultural Institute, or satellite images from Google Earth.
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