Google made my job much easy now, with Google Tips!

I mean my blogging job! I started to blog for bringing out interesting stuff about Android and Google Products in general. Today, Google is joining me in unveiling many of its hidden gems out of its numerous products and services!

Here comes, Google Tips (link).

This gives bits of helpful information for quick reading. Read only what you care about. Has interesting filter criteria for you to be focused. Obviously this is not supposed to be a user manual for each of its product, but very good for beginners and intermediate users!

Way to go Google!

[Updated] Chromecast: My First Impression

UPDATE: Chromecast can stream AVI, MPEG, and MP4 video files from computers. For now MKV files only play video, with no audio. May be a software update can address that.

Got my Chromecast delivered today and got a chance to play around with it.

What is it?

My previous article explains a bit about that.

https://sivag1.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/chromecast-cheapest-smart-tv-upgrade/

Setup:

Fairly simple. You can setup following provided instructions using your PC / Mac or in Android App. iOS App for setup is coming soon as of today. Doesn’t mean you cannot play videos from iOS devices. You can still play from iOS devices after initial setup. It is said to be having 4 GB of flash memory and 512 MB of RAM.

PROS:

  • Stream from Android and iOS devices (Netflix and YouTube for now. More apps coming).
  • Anything and everything you can play / open / do in your Chrome browser of Windows / Mac. This means a lot. Any content where there is no app, we can simply play from the computer. This also means you can open a local video file in your chrome and that can be streamed.
  • Queue Management of the content. I can keep adding videos from YouTube to the TV playlist. Other devices in the same WiFi network can see and control the queue as well.

CONS:

  • Only Chrome Support in computer browsers. That is enough anyway.
  • Sorry to Blackberry and Windows phone owners. Hey, still you can use your computer to stream.
  • Some local file types may have challenges, for now.
  • Mobile device streaming at the mercy of individual apps. Glad to have Netflix on board. There is YouTube obviously. I am expecting that supported app list to grow fast. Need an app to play local mobile device videos / pictures.
  • No mirroring of mobile device like iOS AirPlay.

Will it replace Roku / Xbox Streaming / Apple TV?

It potentially can, if you have a computer at home. For me, it definitely will. It will even replace my Home theater Windows PC. There is hardly any content that is not playable in computer but only in these streaming boxes. Anything that plays in Chrome browser, can be streamed to Chromecast. Period.

 

But if you are a heavy user of any of these other streaming boxes and got used to it, you may not throw it away. But for $35, you wouldn’t mind having this as well!


[Updated] Chromecast: Cheapest Smart TV Upgrade

[Update] Limited time Netflix promo is gone in just one day. Google claims too high demand.

Today Google introduced a brand new device called “Chromecast”. It is a HDMI dongle, that enables you to play Videos and Music into any HDTV.

How to use it:

  • Once the initial connection and setup is complete, you can select Videos and Music from a smart phone / tablet and play or queue them to be streamed to TV.
  • Content is NOT streamed from the mobile device but straight from Internet. So the mobile device can be continued to be used for other purposes.
  • The mobile device only acts as a remote.
  • Has so many bells and whistles, to differentiate from any other living room streaming solution.
  • What more, it can stream your PC / Mac Chrome browser exactly as is.

What Source Device is Supported:

  • iOS (6 and above) and Android (2.3 and above). No Blackberry or Windows support yet.
  • Any PC / Mac Chrome browser. Yes, “any” content of a Chrome browser can be shared / streamed to TV.

What is the cost?

In US, only costs $35. But that includes 3 months of Netflix for new, past and existing customers. Makes the net price only $11.

Where to buy:

For now Google Play, Best Buy and Amazon. I prefer amazon for free shipping and no tax.

It is currently sold out in Google Play and Amazon. It is back ordered with couple of weeks of delay. Click below to get going!

http://amzn.to/17EuEl3