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Oct 05, 2010 - 3:40 PM - by JohnDroid

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YouTube Live Streaming Comes to the Chromecast

Apr 08, 2014 - 10:42 AM - by dgstorm

Although the implementation is limited to running from the desktop only, YouTube live streaming has now come to the Chromecast. It's interesting, because even though the Android app still reports an incompatibility with YouTube live streams, almost every live stream is actually working on the Chromecast.

In fact, there is reason to believe that this isn't quite official yet, because Google hasn't updated their support page to remove the limitation as it did for when they enabled private videos recently. Here's a quote with a few more details,

You can activate a live stream on the Chromecast just like on any other video – click the button and set the playback location to the dongle rather than your computer. It's not clear when Google will expand this to the Android app, seeing as it clearly works now. Maybe it'll take an app update this time.
Thanks to the folks at AndroidPolice for sharing this info.
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[Rumor] Google is Nearly Ready to Launch Android TV to Replace Google TV

Apr 07, 2014 - 11:27 AM - by dgstorm

Supposedly, a smattering of support docs for Android TV were leaked from Google. These support docs lend credibility to the rumors that Google will be ready to launch Android TV to replace Google TV very soon.

Besides a streamlined interface, it looks like the Android TV remote is being redesigned as well, with a focus on navigating easily back and forth between menus. Here are some of the quotes found from Google in the documents,

"Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform. It’s all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction. "[It will be] cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast."
They also added, "Access to content should be simple and magical," and, "Android TV is Android, optimized for the living room consumption experience on a TV screen." The docs also seem to suggest that Google is simplifying Android TV a great deal and removing some of the extraneous features found in Google TV.

The removed features are telephony, cameras, touchscreen support and near-field communication. Google is also working on creating ready-made interfaces so devs can just plug in games, shows, photos, music, films and more. Finally, the docs also seem to indicate that the interface of Android TV should never take more than three gestures to go from the homescreen to a new piece of content. Additionally, search is now secondary to intuitively understanding what you want and delivering it as soon as possible.

Still, universal search is an important feature and has some improvements. Supposedly, pressing Search on the controller allow you to search within individual apps as well. Check out the rest of the included docs' pics below in the thread.

Source: TheVerge
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Amazon Announces Fire TV to Go Head to Head with Apple TV and Chromecast

Apr 02, 2014 - 11:15 AM - by dgstorm

While none of us here at HQ were surprised that Amazon just made this announcement, we were all surprised at the "out of the blue" timing of it. For some time there have been rumors that Amazon would be creating their own TV set-top box product to compete with Apple TV and Google TV and Google's Chromecast. Today those rumors were confirmed when Amazon officially announced Fire TV.

Fire TV is just what you would expect. It is a new device which plugs into your television lets you stream video content from the Internet. The primary focus of Fire TV will be Amazon Prime Video, and it will also support third-party content, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Amazon even shared that apps like HBO Go and Showtime Anytime will be coming down the pike later.

As usual, the Fire TV will run a customized version of Android, just like the Kindle Fire tablet. Here are a few hardware specs of the device:
  • Quad-core processor (supposedly is three times more powerful than Apple TV and other rival devices)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Dedicated graphics processor
  • Will ship with a tiny, plastic remote control that has only seven buttons and a directional pad
  • Voice command search queries
  • Support for Android gaming ( Amazon has launched a studio internally to develop in-house games)
According to Amazon, more third-party apps will be coming to the Fire TV in May. This includes music apps like TuneIn, Pandora, & iHeartRadio. The device will be available to buy later today for $99, and a gaming controller for it will cost $39.99.

Overall, this could be the surprise "sleeper" hit of 2014. What a nice surprise for a lazy Wednesday morning!

Be sure to hit up our dedicated section for the Fire TV here: Kindle Fire TV
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