Late last night, Chromecast cast added another mega-streaming service to their minuscule lineup that up until today, had not changed since launch. Hulu Plus is now officially Chromecast-supported on Android (iOS version coming soon). The update is already live through Google Play, so if you are a Hulu Plus subscriber, you’ll want to grab the newest build and begin casting. If you aren’t a subscriber, Hulu will give you a free trial to help you decide if $7.99 per month with “limited advertising” is worth it.
The cast button should show up automatically at the top of the application (on both phones and tablets) if you have Chromecasts setup in your house.
Via: Google Blog
Google is currently pushing out an updated build, 13300, to Chromecast users everywhere. It’s a seamless update which takes place behind the scenes, so no worries if you aren’t prompted to perform any updates yourself. It isn’t the greatest update we have seen in history, but anytime that Google releases “security fixes and enhancements,” we won’t complain. (more…)
After a couple of months of stock issues, Google’s Chromecast is now back in stock and shipping within 1-2 days through Google Play. Since being introduced in July, Google and a variety of other retailers have had trouble keeping the HDMI dongle in stock. Within the last week, though, we have seen Best Buy hold a steady inventory, so it makes sense that Google would catch up as well. It is their product after all.
At $35, the Chromecast is still a no-brainer if you are a tech enthusiast. While you may not use it by the hour, it certainly comes in handy as an additional to your home media setup. Plus, with additional support arriving in the future from additional media companies, it could become your go-to video streaming device.
Chromecast owners, still using your dongle?
While Chromecast is slowing early innovation because its developer SDK has yet to leave early preview stages, competitors are fully embracing things like the sharing of local video files. Take Roku for example, who updated its Android app last night to include Play On support, a feature that was introduced on iOS a while back. With Play On, you can stream your locally stored Android videos through your Roku player, something Chromecast has yet to officially implement.
This new Play On feature currently works with the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 (2012 edition).
When you tinker with unfinished software and APIs, you sometimes have to expect certain things to break after updates. That was the case when Google sent out the latest update to Chromecast, which left many third party apps for the HDMI dongle in a non-working state. One app in particular that was affected was Koush’s local video sharing application called AllCast. After the update broke his app, Koush publicly addressed the update as an intentional move to kill off his app’s video playback functionality through Chromecast, even going as far as stating that the device would probably end up not being friendly to indie developers. (more…)
Hurry, before they are all gone (again).
Update: It appears to be sold out again.
Via: Best Buy
Cheers Erick and Ben!
Since Google’s $35 Chromecast didn’t have the functionality to stream local media from smartphone to the TV of your choice, multiple developers took to the challenge and made their own apps that could. True to the spirit of Android, more than a few apps have been put together that gives us the ability to stream photos, videos and music in other ways than what Google intended. Yesterday, another update to Chromecast broke the ability of third-party applications, and Koush thinks that it is intentional. (more…)
Google’s $35 Chromecast appears to be back in stock at BestBuy.com for the time being. Over the last 24 hours, we watched as it went in and out of stock, but for now, you can jump through the electronics retailer’s site and have one shipped within 1 business day. Store pick-up is not showing as an option for me; however, depending on your location you may see that change.
Also, BestBuy appears to still be offering the 3-month free Netflix promo.
Meanwhile, Google is still showing a ship day of September 3 through Google Play.
Update: Annnnnnd, sold out again. Keep an eye on it though, as stock has been jumping around for a day or so.