Image credit – Android PoliceGoogle’s Chromecast is a nifty little tool that lets users mirror content on their phones onto their TVs. If you’re looking to make a presentation or show a video to a group of friends and don’t want them crowding ar…
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It was first reported about a week ago that some Google Home Max users were complaining that their devices were “killing” their Wi-Fi networks. They basically had to reset their modems and routers just to get their network up and running …
Last week we reported that there were some Google Home Max users who were reporting that their devices, at least in more recent times, were “killing” their WiFi networks, and that they had to hard reset their modems and routers to get it back up and r…
Amazon seems to have some kind of on-again, off-again relationship with some of the big tech companies out there, such as Google and Apple. As you might have heard, previously Amazon decided to stop selling the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV, but now it looks like Amazon has decided to start selling them again.
In a statement provided to CNET who first broke the news, an Amazon spokeswoman was quoted as saying, “I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast,” but unfortunately did not elaborate any further. While the Chromecast and Apple TV are available via other retailers, being listed on Amazon is no doubt a big deal for both companies as it increases its accessibility.
Plus there are customers who might prefer shopping on Amazon, whether it be because they just prefer the platform, or have credit that they’d like to use, and so on. Note that neither gadget is available for purchase just yet, but based on Amazon’s statement it shouldn’t be too long before they will be available for purchase, and hopefully before the holidays too.
That being said, we wonder if Amazon is hoping for a little quid pro quo from Google, as the latter company has recently pulled support for YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV, so hopefully the relisting of the Chromecast could get Google to change their minds.
Amazon and Google’s love-hate relationship continues to confuse people. While the former ditched Chromecasts from its online marketplace and the latter decided to pull YouTube support from the Echo Show, Amazon has decided to add Chromecast support to the Amazon Music app. It was expected that the Amazon Music app might get support for Chromecasts soon and this has finally happened.
Not long after Google decided to pull YouTube support from the Echo Show, it was reported that the company is thinking about launching its own Echo Show rival. So one can say that the relationship between these two tech giants leaves a lot to be desired.
References to this Chromecast integration were discovered several weeks ago in the Amazon Music app. This suggests that the company might be thinking about adding this functionality to the app.
Amazon has now officially confirmed that its Music app supports Chromecast. The app’s changelog has been updated to reflect this fact.
Chromecast support will enable users to select music on their Android device via the Amazon Music app and then have that music play wirelessly on Chromecast-enabled devices.
This includes devices like TVs, speakers with Chromecast built-in, Google Home devices, and Google Assistant-powered speakers.
Thanks to smart speakers and digital assistants like Google Assistant, being able to control our smart devices in our homes got a lot easier, where instead of fiddling with an app, we can just tell these digital assistants what to do instead. That being said the good news for Logitech Circle 2 camera owners is that the devices have recently gotten a bit of an update (via Android Police).
In an announcement by Logitech, it seems that the company’s Circle 2 home security and monitoring cameras will now play nicely with the likes of Google Assistant and Chromecast. What this means is that users will be able to use devices like Google Home to control the cameras, and with the support of Chromecast, they’ll be able to project the video feed onto a bigger screen like a TV instead of watching from their phones.
According to Logitech, “This latest integration with the Google Assistant works on all Circle 2 Cameras (Wired or Wire-Free), as well as the first generation Logi Circle, allowing you to watch live video feeds of what’s happening in and around your home directly from your TV. In addition, the integration will continue to evolve, so people always have access to the latest smart home features and voice experiences they love.”
The feature is now live for users in the US, with plans to eventually roll it out to other users in Europe soon. More details on how to get the feature to work can be found on Logitech’s website.
Just because the Chromecast is a Google-made device doesn’t necessarily mean that it is locked to Android devices. Google knows this and the company has so far done a good job at allowing their apps and services to be used with non-Android devices, such as its Chromecast streaming device.
Now the good news for SoundCloud users is that if you’ve been dying for some Chromecast support on your iOS device, you’ll be pleased to learn that SoundCloud has announced that it will now finally support Chromecast streaming on iOS. SoundCloud was already compatible with audio devices like Sonos, and for Android there was already Chromecast integration, so we guess iOS users will finally be able to enjoy the feature as well.
According to SoundCloud, “What’s new? Now users with a SoundCloud Go+ subscription can stream their complete catalog through Google Chromecast. We also enabled shared playback, so multiple users can control what’s playing. Finally, we upgraded both of the mobile apps and the receiver to provide a consistent and streamlined experience.”
The feature should already be live so whether you want to stream it through your TV or through speakers, that option is now finally available to you, so definitely check it out if this sounds like something you might be interested in.
Having to always unlock your phone to control media playback can be rather annoying, not to mention very inefficient and inconvenient. This is why more often than not, apps that support media playback tend to have a lock screen interface in which users can skip tracks, hit pause or play, adjust volume, and so on.
The good news is that if you’re an iOS user who uses YouTube, you’ll be pleased to learn that in the latest update to the YouTube app, Google has added lock screen controls for Chromecast along with support for smart TVs and other similar devices. What this means is that you’ll now be able to control YouTube’s playback on Chromecast via your lock screen without having to unlock your phone and launch the app.
According to the update’s changelog, “Control videos from the lock screen while casting to Chromecast devices, smart TVs, game consoles, or any other living room devices with the YouTube app. Get Play/Pause, Prev/Next and volume controls on the lock screen and Control Center.”
The update will bump the app up to version 12.03 so if you haven’t already updated your YouTube app, then you’ll want to head on over to the iTunes App Store where the latest version of YouTube is available for download.
We’ve been hearing rumors for many years that Apple is going to launch a standalone smart TV but that hasn’t happened yet. It did launch an updated Apple TV set-top box in October 2015 but that hasn’t done much to improve its fortunes in the connected TV market. Latest data from eMarketer reveals that Apple TV continues to bleed market share as it sits at the bottom of the connected TV market in the United States.
eMarketer’s report mentions that the Apple TV “is at the bottom of the U.S. connected TV market, behind Google Chromecast and Roku, with its share shrinking.”
The current Apple TV hardware hasn’t done much to steal users away from rivals that offer far greater functionality, including the ability to play casual Android games on the big screen. Apple continues to add more apps to its TV platform but it has a lot of catching up to do in that respect.
According to the report, the Apple TV currently only accounts for 11.9 percent of connected TV users and that’s down 0.6 percent from September 2015. On the other hand, rival Chromecast saw its market share increase to 19.9 percent over the holiday period last year from 18.4 percent in September and 16.2 percent in 2015.
Apple’s future TV plans are not known at this point in time. There have been rumors that the company is trying to create a standalone TV streaming service but that is yet to materialize.