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Google launches Android TV. Google changed the channel on Google TV, switching over to Android TV on Wednesday morning.

Google launches Android TV

Essetially, Google is treating the television as simply a larger display, with some tweaks; there will be one software development kit for all sizes, executives said. “Smart TVs are generally limited, and not competitive with their mobile cousins,” said Dave Burke, the engineering manager for Android who introduced Android TV on stage at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. “We wanted to change that.”

Users will be able to stream content from their smartphones and tablets to their TVs using the system, which will also integrate with Google’s Chromecast device. “This isn’t a new platform; that’s kind of the point,” Burke said. Android TV wil replace Google TV, a platform that Google launched in 2010 with partners like Logitech. In an “early look” at the platform, Burke showed off the TV input framework, which allows Android TVs to handle both HDMI and streaming video. Google Chromecast Review: Nailed It. Rumors about Chrome OS running on a tiny HDMI stick started leaking out a few months ago, but we were all wrong about what it was going to be.

Google Chromecast Review: Nailed It

The Chromecast is not a shrunken down Chromebox – it's not even really a Chrome OS device in the strictest sense. The Chromecast is Google's latest attempt to be invited into your living room. It also might be the first one to succeed. The Chromecast doesn’t try to create a new ecosystem – it simply asks app developers to append a few lines of code to give it a piece of the streaming media action. This, along with the low $35 price could point to victory. Chromecast Specs Dimensions: 72(L) x 35(W) x 12(H) mmWeight: 34gWireless: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHzVideo: HDMI 1.4, 1080pStorage: 4GB (not user-accessible)RAM: 512MBProcessor: Marvel Armada 1500 ARM chip The Good The Bad Setup.

Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily. I'm not a huge fan of gadgets.

Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily.

I like my technology to have a real purpose, and I rarely buy things on impulse. Chromecast, now with guest mode. You’re having friends over and before you know it, a battle has ensued in your living room over who can show the funniest YouTube video.

Chromecast, now with guest mode

Now, it’s even easier for your friends to cast to your TV without first having to connect to your WiFi. With the new guest mode feature, anyone with an Android device can cast to your TV as long as they’re in the same room. To set up guest mode for your Chromecast, open the Chromecast app on your Android phone or tablet and select “Devices” from the navigation drawer. Choose your Chromecast device, tap the “Guest mode” setting and then turn the slider to “on.” See it in action: This update is rolling out starting today. Introducing Google Cast for audio. In 2014, many of you—millions, in fact—helped make Chromecast one of the most popular streaming media devices globally.

Introducing Google Cast for audio

Music & Videos content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows. Google today announced that it is taking the media casting capabilities from its popular Chromecast device and making it available as a standard of sorts for audio casting.

Music & Videos content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Called Google Cast for Audio, this technology already works with a number of Android audio apps and will ship as part of new speakers, sound bars, and A/V receivers later in 2015. "Our objective has always been to be much more ambitious than just the Chromecast," Google Cast director of product management Rishi Chandra says. "We want to define a mobile first experience for how you drive your entertainment devices. We want more and more devices out there. Introducing Google Cast for audio. Mirror Your Android Screen to the TV with Chromecast. Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house.

Mirror Your Android Screen to the TV with Chromecast

Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device—only bigger. To start mirroring, simply select “Cast Screen” from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app and select your Chromecast device. On Nexus devices, this feature is also available through the quick settings menu.

Now, anything on your Android device will appear on the TV. You can share photos stored on your phone with a group of friends, or scope out the scenery for your next family vacation together on the big screen using Google Earth. WATCH Disney Channel, Twitch, iHeart Radio and DramaFever for Chromecast. Chromecast has a little something for everyone in the family to enjoy, and today we’re adding even more options for kids, music lovers and gamers.

WATCH Disney Channel, Twitch, iHeart Radio and DramaFever for Chromecast

For kids of all ages, we're introducing the WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps. So now you'll be able to watch Girl Meets World, Doc McStuffins, and Star Wars Rebels on demand from the Disney Android and iOS apps. (To watch live stream of the network or recent episodes, you’ll need to sign in with a participating TV provider account.) Music aficionados can now cast and blast music from the best speakers in the house with iHeartRadio. The app lets you listen to more than 1,500 live radio stations from all over the U.S. or customize your own. Introducing fun family games for Chromecast.

Over the past year Chromecast has added hundreds of your favorite apps, and brought anything on the web to the TV via Android mirroring and Chrome tab casting.

Introducing fun family games for Chromecast

Just in time for the holidays, we’re adding even more apps to the list. So whether you’re looking forward to a quiet evening watching your favorite holiday heartwarmer or a rousing game night with the gang, there’s something for everyone. Comedy Central, Nick and Sesame Street Go. Comedy Central, Nick and Sesame Street Go. How to set up guest mode - Chromecast Help. Chromecast, now with guest mode.