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OK, Music Boss, admit it: you tried pretty hard to get our attention with the 1.8.1.4 update. I mean, Pebble smartwatches, streaming movies, and Chromecast all in the same story? How could we resist?

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Music Boss is a robust way to control playback of various media apps via your Pebble or Pebble Steel smartwatch, and it was also one of the very first additions to the official Pebble app store. The tool is light-years ahead of the basic music player built into the Pebble, allowing users to launch and switch Android music apps, adjust volume, and integrate with more esoteric apps like Tasker. But the latest update adds something even cooler: you can now control the playback and volume of your Chromecast content right from your Pebble.

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It works like this: say you're watching a Netflix video on your phone, then zip it on over to your TV via Chromecast. Then, switch to the Music Boss Android app and connect it to the same Chromecast. Now you can adjust the volume of the playing content with the Music Boss app on your Pebble, and even pause and resume playback on apps that support standard media buttons. 

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Combining three pieces of hardware and three separate apps to turn the volume up is a little insane, considering that TV remotes have been around for almost sixty years. But we can't deny that it's also really cool. Music Boss costs $1.99, and you'll need a Pebble to use it.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • MJ

    Why wouldn't I just use my smartphone with a touch screen that is more then 4x bigger? I am not seeing the use of these "smartwatches". Waiting for the YouTube app for the Android wear watches. Ahhhhh...

    • Fadakar

      If you don't see a use for one smartwatch how does Android Wear change anything?

      • MJ

        It doesn't... I was being sarcastic. I rarely want to watch videos on my phone let alone a watch.

        • Fadakar

          I don't think you know what you're talking about.

          • Spoot

            He does't know what he wants? But you do?

          • MJ

            Ummmm Ok

  • Ivan Myring

    This has raised one question in my mind:
    Will you be able to cast from android wear devices?

    • smeddy

      I want to touch my finger to my knee and have music stream out of my face

  • Firelight

    Those of us without a fancy shmancy new fangled car with built-in bluetooth like being able to remote control our media app on our phone from our wrist.

    From a home/Chromecast perspective: during that time you just *gotta* go because those nuclear hot hot wings are burning right -down- at warp speed ... this gives that same remote operation when you realize you left your phone on the recliner.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Holy shit fucks, my battery after this update...

    Reported to the dev.

    Another screen: http://i.imgur.com/gHmqYYq.png.

    • Jonathan

      High battery use is not something I've seen before with Music Boss and it's something I'll want to pin down asap. Please start by restarting your phone and keep tabs on this and keep me posted. Thanks. Much appreciated.

      Jonathan
      rebootsramblings.ca

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Hi @AndrewSimonJones:disqus, @disqus_q1wKoR8Qvp:disqus, I'm going to republish what I just sent to Jonathan here in the interest of completeness.

        I've been using Music Boss for a few weeks now, and it's never showed up in the list of apps using the battery. So it's safe to say it's related to 1.8 and Chromecast.

        I installed the update and then decided to take some images for the post and test it out, and then have Michael write it up. I connected to my Chromecast, then connected Netflix, streamed a few minutes of a Disney movie, and then forgot about the whole thing. An hour later, I went to the gym (which means I was off Wi-Fi). When I got home, I noticed that I'm at 12% and looked at the usage list. That's pretty much it.

        I realize perhaps I should have disconnected from the the Chromecast from the app, but once I quit Music Boss on my Pebble Steel and started doing other things, I didn't even think about it twice. That's not something you really think of doing with Chromecast apps, at least I never have, and they never demolished my battery like that.

        At 12%, I tried force closing it, but every time I hit OK, seemingly nothing would happen, as the force stop button would remain active. I rebooted, and MB kept doing the same thing. Then because I had to run out and didn't want to risk the battery getting hammered again, I had to uninstall MB altogether. And that's where I am now.

    • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

      That'll no doubt be because the app has to keep the device awake to get Chromecast traffic. You did actually disconnect the app from your Chromecast when you had finished using it?

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  • smeddy

    OMG IM LIVING IN THE FUTURE