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Developers already getting on board with Chromecast, we catch a couple smooth "alpha" demos in action

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Developers already getting on board with Chromecast, we catch a couple smooth
Chromecast is already fully supported with YouTube (no surprise there) and Netflix, two services that account for nearly half of all video content streamed on the internet around the world. However, Google has released the APIs for developers to incorporate Chromecast into their apps.

Two such developers were on the scene, AOL and Songza Media. We got to talk to reps from each and see how their apps were performing with Chromecast.

What you will notice from the two demo videos below is that the user experience part is insanely simple and uniform in nature.  That is by design of course, plug it in, set it up and use familiar form factors with existing applications to control media content on your TV and entertainment system.

The apps look ready don’t they? They are not fully baked though and a Google rep told us that the simplicity of the user experience can make for some tricky tweaking work for the developers to ensure everything performs as designed, but the apps themselves do not require much in the way of re-writing. Given the looks of things for AOL’s On app and Songza, the ecosystem of media related apps is certain to grow very quickly given how easy Chromecast is to use for just about anyone.

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posted on 25 Jul 2013, 13:33

1. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Chromecast will always be a little slow. Because it's not like Miracast that is directly connected, any inputs will always go through a faraway server and back to your TV 6-10 ft in front of you causing extra latency.

Unless the whole world is working on fiber optics, it won't be the smoothest experience I'd wager. Easy and simple, absolutely but latency-ridden at the same time. DSL/satellite customers better get ready to take 5 seconds to change the volume up or down!

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 14:07

4. zennacko (Posts: 237; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

You know what's funny? NSA will be watching your chromecast, and will know when you need to change even the volume :D

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 16:05 2

7. jove39 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

What are you talking about??? When you click on youtube video you do realize content is streamed from remote servers...when you cast to chromecast...it usb dongle connected to tv that streams content on your wifi...where the fcuk was latency???

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 12:04

9. PacoBell (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

It's not actually a "USB dongle". It's an HDMI dongle. But, yeah, TheLolGuy has no idea what he's talking about. Volume control occurs via direct HDMI-CEC commands from the Chromecast device. Only the content is streamed and even content on your LAN never crosses your router.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 13:51 4

2. HTCOE (Posts: 635; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

not true... i own one and i've tested your theory sir. worked great and can only see improvements with this device moving forward.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 14:03

3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Well of course it'll only get better, but it won't be the best is what I'm saying.

Oh and you don't own one. They aren't even shipping for 3 to 4 weeks...

I'm saying that the only reason this exists is because customers are willing to cut corners for a lower price. In return, it is hamstrung by the ancient network infrastructure that refuses to switch to fiber optics.

I've watched videos and read all the reviews -- they all mention that there is noticeable delay in everything you do, from pause/resume, volume, switching videos etc. It's even worse in displaying Chrome tabs, but they did mention that it is in beta.

In my opinion, this is just something to buy time until they can get a true Google TV reboot done right -- and I think that'll come with Android 5.0 and the advent of the 'internet of everything'

Edit: Ah it seems Amazon is sold out. Still, did you choose same day or next day shipping or something? Somehow I doubt you would for a $35 device.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 14:14

5. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

A few people got them from Best Buy, I believe.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 07:47 1

8. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

Best buy had them in stock since yesterday

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 12:07

10. PacoBell (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

Yet again, TheLolGuy spreads misinformation. I'm starting to sense a pattern here.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 14:38 2

6. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

I am going to buy one once they are in stock again. Good job Google.

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