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from what i read you should be able to broadcast anything from a tab in a chrome browser. i think. hopefully.
it's a great thing, and i plan on getting one when it's back available on amazon prime
Can anyone answer my question about the wifi vs. 4G connection? What if I went on vacation and my rental house didn't have wifi. Would I be able to stream netflix into the TV? Understand it would probably be poor quality if even possible.
Edit about MLB.tv... the app on your phone will not work yet... likely isn't supported but developers have the ability to start throwing out updates to allow it. You would be able to stream the games from your laptop/computer from mlb.com in a chrome browser. Sounds like it would make multitasking hard though since you may have to keep the window open?
This post was edited by RUbaseball 9 months ago
i'm guessing no, based on this quote.
"But unlike Apple’s Airplay feature, which sends video to a TV set via streaming right from an iPhone or iPad, Chromecast makes its own connection to the Internet from home wifi networks. The user’s phone, tablet or laptop functions as a remote control."
I read the same thing earlier and was figuring that, but just wanted to double check. Would have been nice.
Wait, so I would load up mlb.tv on my laptop and it would just run simultaneously on the TV and computer? That doesn't seem very practical. But I guess this is just mainly a netflix thing right now.
Posted this in the old Google TV thread, but will leave it here as well...
Google ups the ante in smart televisions with a small, cheap solution.
I'm not positive. You may be able to open up a different broswer like Firefox and surf web or have Word open if you are doing some work with the Chrome MLB Window up in the background? I'm not entirely sure either.
yeah i'm cool with 4.3", i just have admittedly smaller hands and a 5" phone just isnt comfortable for me to thumb-scroll with.
maybe the moto x will be a good compromise -- not too huge, but still a "flagship" phone. Is it basically just the next iteration in the Droid X line? when is it being rumored to drop?
what about the LG G2?
I have a chromebook, which starts to struggle if you are streaming on top of browsing. Part of the appeal is getting it on my 2nd TV, freeing up my computer to do other stuff.
Considering how cheap, accessible and useful it is, I have a feeling Chromecast is going to blow up real big...
whoops, just bought one. will report back
Where did you buy from?
amazon was out of stock, and google play said it would take 3-4 weeks to ship, but for some reason on best buy they said they'd ship to the store in 3-5 days. not really expecting it to actually make it there any time soon, but couldnt hurt to try
Word is BestBuy will be receiving their shipments within the next 2 days. I'm gonna pop-in this weekend. Definitely agree about it being huge b/c of accessibility. I have an Apple TV, iPads, Macbook Air, but to me AirPlay doesn't work that well. All sorts of hiccups and interruptions in streaming audio. I think Chromecast will be an improvement.
Re: MLB.tv. I think the app will be added eventually. Just a small starting lineup. Also, sort of what RU was saying, but it may be possible to enable Chromecast on a single tab in Chrome, so you can use other Chrome tabs or even other browsers to do other things. Would be awesome if so.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by FPTerp15 9 months ago
I saw that. Pretty exciting. LG is definitely aware that it needs a flagship contender. I'll be interested to see the specs.
Moto X presser is 8/1, releases usually come within a month of debut. It seems like it's gonna be a pseudo-AOSP phone with maybe a few Motorola apps/widgets baked in. Sort of like a Nexus device. Not necessarily a Droid X successor as it will be available on more carriers than just Verizon and has no hard or soft keys. I'd say the Droid Ultra is closer to a true Droid X successor.
Ugh latest android update forced me into the shitty hangouts app
I just embarrassed myself with this post
i like it b ut its SLOW AS SH*T on my razr
until you can see who's online, the app is worthless
The issue people seem to be having the most trouble getting over is that the Hangouts change wasn't intended to be an AIM-clone (like Google Talk was), but closer to a WhatsApp or iMessage style client. Meaning you send messages to people regardless of whether or not they're online, and when they do get on they'll see it. I agree though, there still should be a better online identifier.
This post was edited by FPTerp15 9 months ago
Problem is, a lot of times you want to send a person a message contingent on whether they're going to receive it right away. If I'm meeting you somewhere and I want to send you a "where you at?" message, I don't want to bother if I see you're offline. I guess you don't get that with SMS either.
I'm hoping this deficiency will be corrected at some point. They did fix the Google Voice issue recently. I'd hate to think they'd remove a key feature from an app they're replacing without something else in the pipeline.
Or maybe their philosophy is that everyone's always online.
BTW, I've (Android) now sent my wife (iPhone) two message on Hangouts that she hasn't gotten. Is it supposed to pop up a notification immediately, or does it only work if you've got the app open already?
If you're messaging someone "where you at?" via the Hangouts app on their cellphone, they should get a notification (sound, vibrate, whatever) just like if someone texted them. In that sense, it shouldn't matter if they're "online". The whole online issue isn't that important when trying to reach someone via Hangouts on their cellphone, because cellphones have notifications. It really only matters if you want to know if someone is at their computer and available to chat.
As long as your wife is signed into Hangouts (like logged in as herself when she initially got it) and has never logged herself out. She should get a notification when you send a message. The app does not need to be open. Check her notification settings, I guess?
Got my chromecast today. Easy installation and works as advertised. It won't play music on your SD card even if you are using Google Play Music app (got message that says doesn't support sideloaded music). Didn't notice any lag while playing youtube or Netflix.
Fire the Turd!!!
I've got a feeling that when these Chromecasts get into people's hands, there's going to be a big letdown. What's this thing do right now? It lets you play content from the Play Store (I don't know a lot of people who have movie libraries with Google, most use Amazon or iTunes), Youtube, Netflix (though it seems most of you have Netflix), and mirroring a Chrome tab. It's not going to be until more content providers modify their sites to allow casting to Chromecast that you'll really get a benefit, or when you can play content from your phone (recorded videos and photos).
A big aspect of this that people (not you, people in general) may be overlooking is the fact that this device gets its content straight from the internet, rather than streaming through your device. That'll eliminate any load on your device, and it should reduce lag by eliminating one network hop.
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