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The Chrome team is pushing out an update to all the good little Chromecasts of the world. This one doesn't come with any changes to the UI or new features, but it does promise to improve the stability for Google Play Movies playback, and should make Chromecast devices discoverable on more networks. You won't need to do anything to get this installed on your end, the OTA will automatically download and install when it's your turn.

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If you happen to be developing an app with the Google Cast Preview SDK, you will want to check out the latest update to v1.0.1. The changelog is even more sparse than that of the Chromecast - mostly bug fixes developers won't notice. However, there will be one very important change for iOS developers: the 'namespace' parameter has been renamed to 'protocolNamespace', removing the keyword conflict for Objective-C / C++ developers. To download the latest version, check out the instructions on from the Google Cast Developer Page.

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Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    "does promise to improve the stability for Google Play Movies playback,
    and should make Chromecast devices discoverable on more networks."

    Fixing something, But the biggest upset remain would be nice if they need to fix Youtube. It be nice to show Youtube Live channels and the rest that are disabled http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/08/03/psa-youtube-live-streams-private-videos-and-mobile-disabled-videos-dont-work-with-the-chromecast/.

    Before a potential European/UK Release!

  • Aleksey_US

    Anyone know how to queue up YouTube videos for it from the chrome browser on a laptop? I know there is a special Add to Queue button on mobile... but how to do the same thing from Chrome?

    • TJ

      You have to add the chrome cast browser extension.

      • Aleksey_US

        I might not have been clear with my questions. How to I add more than 1 video to Cromcast's queue from Chrome, Extension is installed and 1 video plays fine, but I would like to add 10 to a queue...

        • Matthew Fry

          Netflix won't even auto play the next episode of a tv series. I don't think it supports queues yet.

          • Floss

            It will probably never support queuing natively, it is up to the app to handle stuff like that. It wasn't designed as a native app experience, the phone app is supposed to be the controller at all times.

  • got runs?

    I'm noticing people are buying this wireless dongle without understanding what it's purpose is.

    • Shitiz Garg

      Clearly you don't understand its purpose if you're saying its a wireless dongle.

  • Adam Goldberg

    I use the wall wart to power mine. It is not in my tv, but in an HDMI Selcector connected to my tv so i can use my xbox as well. So, My question is, should i unplug the power supply when I'm not using the cast? or can I just leave it plugged in and turned on 24/7?

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    The only thing wrong with this thing is the 720p output....I'm, using it all day now! What a great device. Best $35 of computing in a long time.

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