Google App Update Wednesday: Maps, Camera, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, and So Damn Many More

You probably already realized this, since we wrote up three Google apps with updates before noon, but yes, today is Wednesday and that means Google is unleashing new goodies upon us. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the updates that have already rolled out today (some yesterday too), along with download links and details to their changes (if they have any). A bunch of these updates are minor bug fixes, but a few do have substantial changes.

Should other apps receive updates, we will try our best to update the list.

Go get ‘em!  (more…)

Buy a Chromecast, Get Free Trial of EPIX Movie Streaming Service

An update to Google’s support page for the Chromecast has outed a new offer for buyers, in the form of a free trial for EPIX, the commercial-free HD movie streaming service. This offer goes on top of many other offers that are included with the Chromecast, such as a free two month subscription to Hulu and free $20 gift card to Google Play for movies and TV shows.  (more…)

Chromecast Update Brings Guest Mode, Beta Mirroring, Fresh Material UI

The Chromecast app received an update yesterday that not only included the much anticipated Guest Mode, but the UI of the app also got a fresh Material Design makeover and screen mirroring is open in beta to most devices running Android 4.4.2+. The update is rolling out in stages (of course it is) on Google Play or can be sideloaded using the link we included below.  (more…)

Deal: Buy a Chromecast Before December 21, Get $20 in Google Play Credit

Need another last minute present idea? Chromecast. Yes, once again, the HDMI dongle from Google is one of the best presents you can give to your friends and family during the holidays. If you think the Chromecast is old news and want another idea, keep in mind that if you buy one before December 21, Google will give you $20 in Google Play credit. Yep, the $35 dongle comes with $20 in Play credit to spend however you please.

Oh, Amazon has the Chromecast for about $2.50 cheaper than Google with Prime shipping and includes the credit. Get after it.

Links:  Amazon ($32.60) | Google Play ($35)

7 New Apps Gain Casting Support Today: Comedy Central, Encore, Nickelodeon, and More

The Chrome team announced that it has added casting (previously Chromecast only, but casting is everywhere!) support for seven new apps this morning…or developers of these apps have now built in support for casting…whatever, you get it. The list of apps includes Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn, EPIX, YuppTV, and Encore.

The list grows. Get to casting!

Don’t have a “cast” capable device? Amazon has a $3 discount on the Chromecast. Or there is the Nexus Player through Google Play for a more robust solution.  (more…)

Support for Select Games, Showtime Anytime, and Starz Brought to Chromecast

More applications received Chromecast support this morning on Google Play, with a few of them coming as sort of a surprise, given that they are actual games you can play.

Google appears to be letting game makers in on the Chromecast fun now, with classic games, such as Monopoly Dash, Wheel of Fortune, and Scrabble Blitz gaining support. If you are curious how you will operate your games, don’t worry, as Google and developers allow you to use your synced smartphone to take control of the action.  (more…)

Amazon Announces the $39 Fire TV Stick, a Chromecast Competitor Temporarily on Sale for $19

This morning, Amazon announced a new Fire TV product that aims to compete with Google’s Chromecast, called the Fire TV Stick. The device sports a dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, MIMO WiFi, and double the storage of the Chromecast, while still maintaining that same smallish dongle design that plugs directly into an HDMI port on the back of your TV. It also comes with a remote and companion app for navigation.

The Fire TV Stick is available for pre-order today and will ship November 19. It retails for $39, but if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can pick one up over the next 2 days for $19.  (more…)