Screen mirroring with Chromecast

Screen_mirroring_with_chromecast_cast_screen_availableScreen mirroring with Chromecast Arrives: cast your Android screen without relying on apps

As announced  in Google I/O 2014, Chromecast would get some nice update and new features. We will discuss these new features in later posts once they are available;e publicly

One of the most exciting new  features of Chromecast  is screen mirroring (or screen casting) for Android devices.  You can mirror whatever on your  Android devices to a TV without using any apps (of course, for non-Nexus devices, you need Chromecast app) including audio.

Now, with Chromecast app update (to 1.7.4), screen mirroring with Chromecast is now fully working on some  selected (models) Android devices.

Please note, screen mirroring is different from wireless display that has been introduced to Android since Jelly Bean 4.2. Wireless display in Android is using Miracast technology. To use this feature, you need a receiver (usually a TV) that … Continue to read the post....

How to use Plex media server to stream local media to Chromecast (from your PC)

Why do we need one more solution (robust and free) of streaming local media to Chromecast?

To stream local media to Chromecast is not as simple as many expected. Google intends to make Chromecast an internet thing, not a local media player.

If you used Chromecast for online streaming, you probably are very happy with this $35 device. It works with more and more services, and the online streaming quality is quite impressive most of the time.

But if you have a lot of media files in the hard drive of your PC, you may feel the pain to stream local media to Chromecast  (to watch on the big screen).

In the Chromecast how-to guides section, I shared two methods of streaming local media to Chromecast:

  1. Stream local video to Chromecast through a Chrome browser tab.
  2. Share the whole desktop screen (and audio) to Chromecast through desktop sharing.
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Chromecast VS Miracast: everything you need know about Chromecast, wireless display and screen mirroring

Uchromecast-vs-miracastpdate 1: Android screen mirroring through Chromecast is available! Please read this post for details.

Chromecast was hailed by the Time Magazine  as the most innovative gadget in 2013.  This affordable HDMI dongle changes the way people consume contents, especially online video and music.

Most people now have multiple screens: smartphones ( normally 3.5-7″), tablets (normally 7-12.2″), laptops (normally 10-17″), PC (normally 19-34″) and of course TV (normally 34-80″).  Different size gives different experiences, and some contents., for example, full-length movies,  are preferred in a larger TV screen.

How to unify these screens?

There are different answers from different vendors. But most of them are vendor-dependent. In other words, the solution only works for some specific-branded devices. For example, Apple has AirPlay (which requires Apple TV); Samsung introduced  AllShare Cast since Galaxy S3 (which requires certain Samsung Galaxy devices).

Chromecast delivered an answer that is independent of Continue to read the post....

Google Cast SDK opens door to public: more apps will work with Chromecast

google-cast-sdk-released-for-chromecast-developersChromecast is one of the most innovative gadgets in 2013.  It makes it easy to enjoy contents in a large screen at an affordable price of $35.

But what holds most enthusiasts from ordering the device is that only limited apps are supported before the Google Cast SDK  is open to public. Only selected partners (e.g., Hulu, HBO, Plex…) are allowed to release apps with Chrome cast support.

The Google Cast SDK (it is branded as Google Cast in most situations, although the product name is still Chromecast)  was initially for preview only: developers are not allowed to release their apps per the terms.

This week, Google finally officially open the Google Cast SDK to the public. All developers now can make their apps work with Chromecast officially.

This brings infinite opportunities for our Chromecast, and for our mobile devices

We will see more and more apps work with Chromecast. … Continue to read the post....

All About Chromecast: a community for Chromecast owners

chromecast tips and tricksAlthough  the Chromecast is simple to setup and simple to use, you may encounter this issue or that issue.  Google’s support is robotic.

So, we decided to start a new community for Chromecast owners and enthusiasms.

AllAboutChromecast.com will cover Chromecast news and updates. You will get the latest info on Chromecast.

Chromecast how-to guide section will teach you everything on using Chromecast for all occasions.

Chromecast manual section gives you the best guide on setup, using and troubleshooting Chromecast.

Chromecast Forum is a public forum for you to share your views on Chromecast, and discuss anything related (or even unrelated) to Chromecast.

We will also discuss the technology behind Chromecast. A lot of people confused Chromecast with Miracast or screen mirroring in Android 4.2 or later versions.   For screen mirroring, you may check this screen mirroring guide.

If you have any questions or want to leave a feedback, please … Continue to read the post....