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Chromecast App Update Is Live In The Play Store With All Of Today's Announced Features [APK Download]

So, if you haven't heard, Google announced some stuff today. Some of it was Nexus stuff. Some of it was Pixel stuff. Some of it was Android stuff. And some of it was Chromecast stuff.

Alongside the two new Chromecasts — a second-gen HDMI dongle and audio-only dongle — the company also offered up a ton of new features for the Chromecast app, making it infinitely more useful than ever before. No longer just for setting up your new little dongle or changing the backdrop options, this new updated app brings all sorts of additional functionality like finding new content, more backdrop options, and a lot more.

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The Nexus 6P's Big Black Glass Bar Is A Window For NFC And Various Antennas

There has been much speculation about the Nexus 6P's big black glass bar. What does it do? Why is it so big? Why does it kind of look like a Cylon head? Well, the answer is that, unsurprisingly, it's just form following function. You see, because the 6P is predominantly made of aluminum, which acts as a reflector to various radio and other wireless signals in the device, there needs to be a place for antennas to send out their various signals. You can accomplish this with ceramic or plastic inserts like HTC or Apple, or you can construct portions of the phone from different materials (like glass) to help those precious wireless communiques get out.

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Nexus 5X Hands-On: Light, Fun, And Friendly

The Nexus 5X is, by Google's own admission, a spiritual successor to the very-popular-for-what-it-was Nexus 5. It has a reasonably-sized display at 5.2 inches with a reasonable 1080p resolution, a not too fast, not too slow Snapdragon 808 processor, and comes with a usable if not super-capacious 16 or 32GB of internal storage. At just $379 to start, the Nexus 5X isn't the cheapest "nice" smartphone we've seen, but it is certainly nothing if not cheerful, especially in this light blue shade (which is indeed blue, I promise).

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The phone feels fast, as does just about any Nexus running a fresh build of Marshmallow.

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Cases And Charging Cables For Nexus 5X And Nexus 6P Are Now Live On The Google Store

A couple of hours ago Google officially announced the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, which are now both live on the Google Store. If you were able to pre-order one of these phones, you're probably wondering what accessories are going to be available. Well you don't have to wait at all to find out, because Google already has quite a few cases and cables on the Google Store for both devices. I'm going to cut right to the chase and dump all the information.

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[Update: Installment Pricing] The Nexus 5X And Nexus 6P Are Compatible With Project Fi And All Major US Carriers

As if there was any doubt, both the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P, introduced today at Google's yearly Nexus event, will be compatible with Project Fi. That makes them just the second and third phones (after the Nexus 6 from last year) to be available on Google's combination Wi-Fi/LTE mobile virtual network, which uses both the T-Mobile and Sprint networks as a backbone. Fi switches rapidly between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi (VOIP) for data and calls, and that little extra functionality means that conventional smartphones need not apply.

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The New Chromecast Supports 'Fast Play' Preloading For a Quicker Streaming Experience

As expected, Google is launching a new, more colorful Chromecast and updated app. It has improved hardware compared to the first-gen model, and that enables a cool software trick called Fast Play. This feature cuts down on the waiting when you want to watch something on your Chromecast by preloading in the background.

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Chromecast App Update Will Add Content Discovery, Multiple Device Control, And Comprehensive Video Search

In addition to revised hardware for Chromecast and the new Chromcast Audio, Google also announced a new version of the Chromecast app at its San Francisco event. This updated app is more than just a connection tool, it's a content discovery portal, automatically detecting Chromecast and Chromecast Audio-compatible apps on your phone or tablet. It will show popular and personalized content suggestions to users, and recommend new Chromecast apps from the Play Store.

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The new default screen is What's On, a sort of pick-and-mix of the Chromecast-compatible content on your phone right now. It's presented in a scrolling list of categories, not unlike the home page of the Play Store app.

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Nexus 5X And Nexus 6P Pre-Orders Go Live On The Google Store, Chromecast And Chromecast Audio Orders Ready To Ship Right Away

You've been waiting for months now. Much of that time has been spent debating. Do you go with the Nexus 5X or the larger, more powerful Nexus 6P? Well, hopefully you've made up your mind, because pre-orders have just gone live.

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Chromecast Gets A New Model With Improved Wi-Fi And A Hockey Puck Design, Chromecast Audio Connects Speakers To Wi-Fi - Both Available Today For $35 Each

Google's Chromecast streaming gadget was a surprise success when the company introduced it in 2013 - although perhaps not so surprising when you consider that it plays web video from a variety of services and undercuts even the cheapest competitors from the likes of Roku and Apple TV. Chromecast hasn't had a major revision in over two years, perhaps because it hasn't really needed one. But now there's one available, a new hockey puck design with an "dangling" HDMI port, wider Wi-Fi support, and better video thanks to an improved antenna design.

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Google Announces Play Music Family Subscription, $14.99 Per Month For Up To 6 People

Today is about more than new Nexus devices. Google has also announced a new plan option for Google Play All Access. Rather than paying for multiple individual accounts, family members can now share a single family subscription for $15 per month. We posted this rumor yesterday, and it's now confirmed.

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