Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chromecast and Google Cast SDK Update

The Chromecast device has been updated to build 12940.

 It contains the following updates:
  • Better discovery of Chromecast devices
  • Improved Google Play Movies stability

Additionally, Google has published version 1.0.1 of the Google Cast SDK preview, including libraries for Android and iOS, as well as documentation on the Receiver, Chrome and Android APIs. This is a bug fix update with one key developer facing change for iOS -- ‘namespace’ renamed to ‘protocolNamespace’ to allow Objective-C++ development.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Chromecast Android App Gets Update

The Chromecast App for Android got a minor update today. The changelog is coy only stating that it fixed discovery problems with some Android devices. This may mean a fix for the DROID RAZR problems that were reported.

Great to see Google ensuring that they provide timely updates when bugs are reported. Perhaps we may see another update to Chromecast soon?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chromecast Doesn't Like Super Long Wifi Passwords

Chromecast apparently does not like super long wifi passwords.

Over at Android Central's Google Chromecast forum, user yubeie has discovered that he was having difficulty connecting his Chromecast to his wifi network. The problem? yubeie's 128 character password. Yes, you read that right - he has a password to connect to his network that is 128 characters long. Not sure why he has a pass that size since WPA2 passwords max out at 63 characters, yet as per the attached screenshot, Chromecast did not like it. On a side note, you can see part of his password - goodness knows how the hell he memorised it.

The remedy was simple - changing the wifi password to something a little less ridiculous seemed to fix this issue. So let it be known. Chromecast does not like super long wifi passwords.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How To Mirror Your Entire Desktop To Your Chromecast

Did you know that not only can the Chrome Extension send a tab from your Google Chrome browser to your TV but it can also send your entire desktop?

In order to do so it is very easy.

First step, ensure you are using either the beta or experimental versions of Google Chrome.

All you need to do is select the the little downward pointing arrow in the Chromecast Extension and a small menu will appear. The default selection is 'Cast current tab' and all you need to do is select 'Cast entire screen (experimental)' and BOOM your entire desktop is mirrored.

Even though the extension mentions that this feature is experimental there have been minimal reports from users who have had a problem with this feature. In fact, you can sit on your couch with your wireless keyboard and trackpad and type documents, view full screen movies or even edit pictures in various programs. It is a very handy feature. No doubt as the software matures this feature will come out of the 'experimental' stage and become a strong selling point.

What have you found to be handy when you cast your entire desktop?

Chromecast Emulator CheapCast Now Available In the Play Store

Sebastian Mauer, developer of Cheapcast has submitted the first public beta to Google’s Play Store which is available for download right now.

This app emulates the Chromecast receiver on a majority of Android devices. This beta app does have one major drawback at this time - it doesn’t work with the Chromecast Chrome extension. This means at this stage you cannot ‘cast’ browser tabs. You can still get some functionality offered by the Chromecast without too much trouble so for those who do not have the HDMI dongle and wish to get an idea of what it is like.

 Even though the app still needs to have some bugs ironed out it generally works as advertised yet is still a touch on the flaky side.

Other people have reported they have managed to get the app to work on their Nexus Q and Ouya. See this video for more information.

Mauer has mentioned that he will still work on the app to tweak and improve stability. He will also open source his code so others can build on this. Expect the app to be updated fairly regularly as more features and functionality is added.

Have you tried this yet? Did it work for your?