Mozilla employees have mentioned a few times that the company is working on its own streaming device to compete with Google's $35 Chromecast, and now we're getting our first look at how it will work. The device is based on Firefox OS and actually plugs into most Chromecast-enabled apps out of the box.
T-Mobile has just announced their plans for Uncarrier part 5. The first big move of the T-mo's latest effort to shake up the wireless industry is the announcement of Test-Drive, a service through which users can get an iPhone 5S for seven days to take T-Mobile's "data strong" network for, well, a test drive. There's no down-payment, no charge, no nothing. Just get the device, try out the network, and return it at a store when you're done.
Version 5.7 of the YouTube Android app introduced the ability to select precisely which quality level you want to stream a video in, as long as that level was 720p or lower. Even then, the options skipped from 360p to 720p. Since that release, users have apparently started to see 480p appear in between the two. Not only that, 1080p has shown up as well.
We haven't been able to get the settings to load on our devices, but some of you have reported having better luck.
The Copy Android app has made the leap to version 3.0, and for the big release, the developers have introduced Chromecast support. With this update, users can stream pictures, music, and video straight from their cloud storage accounts to their televisions.
Disney has hit Google Play with a trifecta of video streaming apps that are ready to provide you or your kids with plenty of full episodes to enjoy on your Android devices. The trio include one app for the Disney channel, one for the more animated Disney XD, and one the younguns can enjoy, Disney Jr.
Unfortunately, you need a cable subscription to enjoy any of this content, but at least the list of supported providers is relatively thorough.
XBMC started life as a hack for the original Xbox game console, but it has since evolved into a much-beloved open source home theater system on a number of platforms. After months of release candidates and betas, XBMC 13.0 (codename Gotham) is ready to download on Android (and other stuff).
The new version brings a number of improvements, only some of which pertain directly to Android. The most relevant to our interests is the inclusion of hardware media decoding on ARM and x86 Android devices.
Koush has been busy since leaving Cyanogen Inc. to spend more time working on his various projects. A new update for AllCast is set to roll out soon with an interesting new feature. Users with a Fire TV will be able to stream video to the TV, but route the audio through the phone only. Why would you want to do this? It's private listening mode.
Full-length content is all around us. Netflix will give it out, though subscribers have to commit to a monthly fee. Hulu's willing to give at least some of its offering away for free, and Crackle's even easier. But what if all you're after are good new-fashioned clips, something that doesn't need much time or attention to digest, and something short enough to toss up onto a social network. Yahoo hears you, so they've brought Yahoo Screen to Android.
Streambels really doesn't care which way you want to get media off your Android device and onto something with speakers or a screen that will better do it justice. Before now it has handled DLNA and AirPlay just fine. After the latest update, the little piece of software knows what to do with Chromecast as well.
Streambels already competed, in part, with the likes of BubbleUPnP. Now it competes with AllCast and other Chromecast-centric apps as well.
The Hulu Plus app is perfectly capable of pumping out videos on its own to a small screen. With a Chromecast plugged into your TV, it's even able to cast content out to the big screen as well. Now the app is gaining a feature that will give it even more control over your viewing experience. Starting with the latest update, Hulu Plus is capable of becoming a remote control for Hulu content streaming from the Xbox One, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation 4.