The Streaming Advisor has covered two ways to watch XBMC on a Chromecast. For a story on how to do so on a Windows laptop with no click here. To learn how to watch XBMC on a Chromecast using an Android phone continue reading.
One day we will report that a new version of XBMC is capable of being launched from an Android tablet or phone and rendered on a television via the Google Chromecast. Such a development has been anticipated since the release of the Google Chromecast SDK. In the absence of an XBMC build with full Chromecast integration a talented reader from our community has been working on clever alternatives that will allow users to cast XBMC from an Android device to the Chromecast without any hacks or special patches. This is an exciting development for Chromecast owners. Continue reading for instructions and video.
Another way to to add XBMC to your daily life is through the use of dedicated XBMC based set top boxes. To take a look at a quick demonstration of the JynxBox M1V2 click here.
The Google Chromecast is well known as a device that integrates with wireless devices from Apple and Android but very little has been said concerning the Chromecast is regards to PC’s. Today we present a guide that will help users learn how to set up the Chromecast with a laptop computer and get it ready for action with the Google Cast extension for the Google Chrome browser. This how to article will guide you step by step through the set up process and have you streaming in no time.
You can watch XBMC on a laptop by using the Dongles full screen mirroring feature. We have two videos that show how it will work for you. The first one will show you step by step how to activate the experimental full screen mode for the Chromecast. The second much shorter video simply shows a computer and a TV screen mirroring XBMC. This development is something that XBMC and Chromecast fans have been waiting for. For a written guide click here. Feel free to steam our videos on to your TV with a compatible device.
Google is reporting that it has sold millions of $35.00 Chromecast dongles since it debuted in the summer. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the company and the product itself. Considering its limited applications its yet unconfirmed success points to the possibility that Google may have hit the sweet spot with consumers. Initially offering access to Netflixalong Google properties YouTubeand Google Play as well as access to mirror Chrome browser tabs the company has seen more major services adopt its protocol as it has gained attention. Recently Roku seemed to acknowledged the threat from Google when it announced its new HDMI streaming stick with at $50.00.
Roku is on a fighting front these days. It has been since the late fall of 2013. The company went punch for punch with Apple through November and December with sales on its entire line, an online and television add campaign, and a the release of numerous new channels over a three month period. Roku continues to push itself towards innovation and growth. Now it has taken aim at another rival.
Things should be getting exciting for Google Chromecast owners right about last week, but so far there has been no new buzz about the Chromecast Dongle item. Google released its software development kit in February and the release has been followed by a major uptick in Chromecast compatible apps for IOS and Android devices. In less than a month the number of apps available for Android has swelled from 12 to over 50. IOS devices now sport at least 20, but so far the apps are not exactly game changers. A majority of the apps currently available for Chromecast are one variation after another on the ability to share media that is on a tablet or phone via television. This means that if you have a home movie on your phone and want to watch it with a Chromecast you
March Madness may take on a new meaning if Roku and Apple have anything to do with it. Rumors already point to a possible update of Apple TV in March and According to the technology blog Zats not funny Roku may be about to launch a direct answer to the Chromecast. The site reports that Roku will be releasing a new version of the Roku streaming stick in March that eschews the MHL port in favor of powering the device via USB, like Google’s Chromecast. While the current streaming stick and the Chromecast look very similar they could not be more different. The streaming stick only works on TV’s that are equipped with MHL ports which can both transfer the audio and video signals as well as power the device without the need for an external power source. Once equipped on a compatible TV the streaming stick opens the entire Roku lineup of channels minus YouTube which is still currently only available on the Roku 3. The Chromecast on the other hand is a simple device that utilizes a normal HDMI port and allows users to send select audio and video apps from smart phones and tablets to a TV as well as mirror chrome tabs from a computer.
The evolution of the GoogleCast extension for the Chrome browser continues. When launching the GoogleCast extension Google now provides a message explaining how to use Chromecast in conjunction with the browser. Users are encouraged to look for the launch button, which uses the same icon as the GoogleCast extension and is present at netflix.com and youttube.com In the past two weeks Google has opened up its software development kit to all developers to freely integrate their apps and websites to be fully compatible with the Chromecast. The developers are being invited to integrate both mobile apps as well as websites with the DIAL integrated dongle.
The new SDK release for the Google Chromecast has brought about the triumphant return of the All Cast App which burst on to the scene shortly after the debut of the Chromecast in order to provide a cross platform way for users to watch their own movies on multiple devices including the Chromecast. The App can be used to send locally stored videos and pictures from smartphones and tablets to multiple devices including a Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, WDTV and many others.
The app can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store.
Google made the long awaited announcement that its Chromecast SDK has been released to all developers in an action that is sure to spur the release of many new Chromecast compatible apps. The investment many early adopters made in the $35.00 dollar device is set to pay off as numerous applications are certain to become available and some of them likely very quickly.
Will you be able to use XBMC? There are already XBMC apps for Android so the ability to use the app on Chromecast will be up to the developers of the app itself to add casting abilities to the device. Google is sticking with their philosophy of letting third parties develop products around their platform. Will this lead to consumer based innovation or a fragmented market for apps? The Plex app is currently available to Plex Pass members. Even now clever people are finding ways to bring XBMC to the Chromecast using a combination of methods for more on that please continue.
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