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Amazon is kicking everyone's butt in the streaming wars

Amazon is kicking everyone's butt in the streaming wars

When the Chromecast debuted back in 2013, it was a legitimate revolution: an incredibly cheap, incredibly simple gadget that let you send all the streaming video on your phone straight to your TV. But in the years since, Google has steadily lost ground in the set-top box market in pretty much every metric. The big winner at the moment is, indisputably, Amazon.

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OneDrive is getting long overdue casting support

OneDrive is getting long overdue casting support

For most Android users, Microsoft's cloud storage will always play second fiddle to Google Drive. But those who are heavily invested in Office 365 or the Windows platform in general still want a good cloud storage app, and today the Android version of OneDrive is a little better. The latest update adds compatibility with the Chromecast and other casting devices.

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HBO Max is getting more living-room friendly with Android TV and Chromecast enhancements

HBO Max is getting more living-room friendly with Android TV and Chromecast enhancements

HBO Max first launched nearly a year ago, bringing the majority of Time Warner Media's catalog under one roof with select high-profile shows and movies from other companies. The service is likely seeing a boost in subscribers, thanks to all the movies Warner Bros. is releasing on HBO Max (alongside limited theatrical runs), and now there are some improvements in store for TV watching.

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Google says au revoir to the Chromecast Ultra as the new Google TV dongle arrives

Google says au revoir to the Chromecast Ultra as the new Google TV dongle arrives

Google introduced the Chromecast Ultra back in 2016 as a higher-end version of the standard Chromecast. For the launch price of $69, the Ultra offered faster WiFi speeds, 4K streaming support, and an Ethernet port on the power brick. It was good while it lasted, but now that Google has unveiled the new Chromecast with Google TV, it looks like the company is giving the Chromecast Ultra a fast farewell.

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Chromecast media notification adds track controls on Android

Chromecast media notification adds track controls on Android

One of the conveniences of using a Chromecast or a Cast-enabled speaker or TV is the ability to control playback from any device in the house (if you want). Starting a song from your phone and stopping it from your tablet, or asking your partner or roommate to do so while you're wrist-deep into a new banana bread recipe, are possible because of the casting notification that surfaces on all devices connected to the same network. That notification is getting a small but awesome quality-of-life improvement now thanks to new track controls.

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Here are the first official photos of the Google TV Chromecast and remote

Here are the first official photos of the Google TV Chromecast and remote

It's been a while since Google refreshed its Chromecast lineup, but the time is almost upon us. We've known about Sabrina for months, and details about branding, launch price, and the likely release date have been revealed. Now official product photography of the upcoming TV dongle and remote has leaked, and I like what I see.

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Google Meet adds baked-in Chromecast functionality for chatting on the big screen

Google Meet adds baked-in Chromecast functionality for chatting on the big screen

Google Meet, the company's Zoom competitor and successor to Hangouts, has gained plenty of new users and features over the past few months due to the pandemic. With everyone working and playing from home, video chatting is a necessity these days, and Meet might eventually become Google's sole option. Viewing conference calls on TVs and other Chromecast-enabled devices has only been possible by casting your entire phone screen or browser tab until now, but Google has now baked the functionality directly into the Meet interface.
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Casting to Android TVs is going to get a whole lot better with Cast Connect

Casting to Android TVs is going to get a whole lot better with Cast Connect

Google's new Cast Connect library might sound a bit snore, but it should make casting to Android TV devices a whole lot better. With it, developers can do a few new things, but by far the most important is that it will allow hardware remotes to control 'casted playback, and apps can open Chromecast streams remotely into the same app on your Android TV.

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Streaming TV service Philo is adding Chromecast support

Streaming TV service Philo is adding Chromecast support

In the streaming age, we've seen plenty of cable competitors pop up, including Philo. The service lets you livestream and record 61 channels for just $20 a month, including AMC, HGTV, and Comedy Central. Philo was only made available on most Android devices last year, and hasn't supported Chromecast at all — but that's about to change.

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Chromecasts now remember the volume level after rebooting

Chromecasts now remember the volume level after rebooting

If you have a Chromecast, you probably know how convenient a device it is to watch your favorite content in a breeze. Although it's usually reliable, you occasionally need to reboot it, even if it's just after a software update. Unfortunately, that operation used to reset the volume's level to the maximum. Thankfully, Google just released an improvement that now makes the volume level persistent, even after rebooting the Chromecast.

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