Back in January, Google announced that it was opening up its Cast technology to speakers, with partners like LG and Sony integrating it into models later in 2015. Now that we are later into 2015, those speakers are almost ready for prime time. Last week, we saw LG announce Google Cast compatibility with their Music Flow speakers, and this morning, Sony announced their Cast-ready equipment as well.
Sony is adding Google Cast to two of its sound bars and two of its receivers as well. The speakers won’t arrive until June and July of this year, but the receivers should hit stores in May. (more…)
LG announced late last night that their Hi-Fi Music Flow speakers will be some of the first available to integrate Google Cast. Their current line-up, which includes sound bars, WiFi speakers, and portable WiFi speakers, will have Google Cast connectivity this month, which I’m assuming means out-the-box. Current owners of any of these products will see an over-the-air update with Google Cast soon. (more…)
Best Buy just kicked off a 2-day sale that includes a couple of note-worthy discounts. First, we have Google’s Nexus 9 with 16GB of storage for just $325 – that’s a $75 discount on a tablet that ranks in the top two for Android at the moment (our review). If tablets aren’t your thing, then maybe a $5 discount on the Chromecast will do. Or a DROID Turbo for $50?
You can see the full list of deals here, or we have individual links to each below.
Best Buy Links: Nexus 9 ($324.99) | Chromecast ($30) | DROID Turbo ($49.99) (more…)
A few more apps gained Chromecast support today, being MTV, Qello Concerts, TED, and Pac-12. Each app has content which is streamable to your HDTV via the Chromecast dongle.
Specifically, the MTV app allows you to bring shows like Catfish and Finding Carter to your TV, while the Pac-12 app brings the sports, including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, gymnastics and more. (more…)
For current owners or potential buyers of a Chromecast, Google is providing a few offers for you through a dedicated Chromecast Offers site, but since we have covered most of them already in past posts, we want to quickly point out that you can grab a HD movie rental through Google Play, for absolutely free. (more…)
If you own a Chromecast, or any Cast supporting device, while also happen to enjoy a bit of tennis, you should check out Motion Tennis Cast on Google Play. Using your phone like a Wii Remote, your tennis swing motions are sent through the phone, putting you in matches against bots and time attack trials. (more…)
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Google is offering $6 in Google Play credit for free to all Chromecast owners, with hopes that you would put the money towards a romance comedy to help seduce your special someone. While the gesture is appreciated, you can take the $6 and spend it however you would like – on games, apps, music, etc. (more…)
During Google’s Q4 earnings call, the focus was shifted momentarily to the success of Chromecast. Google’s HDMI dongle, which has been on the market for a solid year and a half now, is still bringing in dough.
According to analyst group NPD, Chromecast was the top selling streaming device throughout the US in the year of 2014, with users casting more than 1 billion times since its launch. (more…)