Windows Phone and Chromecast, working together (sort of) via Tube Cast

It is no secret that Google and Microsoft are not playing nice. The back-and-forth between the two giants has been a veritable soap opera. Lately the rhetoric has been subdued, though Microsoft has been trying to leverage Larry Page’s words to make access to Google’s services better available.  Google acknowledged actively blocking Windows Phone apps from accessing its services for a while.  

Even though there was a promise that the two would collaborate on a YouTube app for Windows Phone, it has become nothing more than a wrapper linking to the mobile optimized site. It works well enough, but it lacks most of the functionality found on Android and iOS apps.

Another product that one would think (or hope) would benefit from universal access is Google Chromecast. This $35 little HDMI dongle is a gem of an accessory. It is a nearly effortless bit that allows us to channel YouTube, Netflix, Hulu+ and more into our television, using our handsets as the remote in the process.

Naturally, Windows Phone does not work with Chromecast, but an enterprising developer has started that process with an app called Tube Cast. It is only at version 1.0, so right now it only support initiating playback (no rewind, pause, or even stop). Still, it opens the door for Windows Phone and it proves that where the giants are unwilling to work together, the developer world will generate a solution.

Get Tube Cast for your Windows Phone at the source link.

source: Windows Phone Store via WMPoweruser and Engadget

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24 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Microsoft should play nice with Google as Google's stuff just works better. Look at their respective browsers, OSes, mobile OSes, etc....hands down it is Google who is better. Heck, look at the PS4 and Xbox One - PS4 comes with a better processor, and beats XBOX 1 on just specs alone. Wait until game developers bring out the PS4's potential....http://bgr.com/2013/05/22/xbox-one-vs​-playstation-4-specs/

2. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

specs...specs..specs alone.. only on specs!!! LOL! specs..specs..specs....only specs!! LOL! a typical comment from a gullible blind pathetic fandroid!! LOL!

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

"PS4 beats XBOX One in term of specs" ==> fandroid. *chuckle* Nice logic there.

8. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Do you even understand my post???? LOL!!

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Please accept a big fat YES!! ;)

12. papss unregistered

Nice story... Now lets talk about everything else that the Xbox one has on the software side that destroys the ps 3.5

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Do you need medical assistance?

24. mikegoonen

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Microsoft is better they are faster to put out updates to fix there bug. As in google if you have a bug in it planned on within months for a fix. And for all the android rom boulders and rooters it tack Microsoft programs to do it

25. sinkking

Posts: 2; Member since: May 12, 2015

windows phones have way less bs to filter through and cotana works better than google voice in my opinion.

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It's Microsoft's OS. Hence Google's services are really not required. However. Google should voluntarily provide a YouTube app since they're missing out on 50 million users of their service. And is PS4 a Google product? Sales might show that PS4 beats the XBOX One, but in terms of games and current support, the XBOX One trumps the PS4.

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I believe Google is unwilling to provide YouTube app because the amount of WP users are not that huge yet (relatively). It probably doesn't really hurt Google's profits as is, and Google would sure love to keep people into the OS using the Google services. Once WP gets more popular (let's say the amount of WP users reaches half that of iOS users or more), Google will be left with no other choice.

7. SleepingOz unregistered

And assuming MS quit playing dirty, Scroogled campaign(which was a total waste of money actually). You can't expect the company you're bashing to support your product.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

If WP reaches the amount of users I stated above, my guess is Google would roll out Youtube app for WP anyway. It's all about the money. With that said, I have to say I hate Microsoft's attitude with the scroogle campaign.

13. papss unregistered

What's strange to me is the fact that there has been a YouTube app on the Xbox one since day one

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I don't have any game console other than the PS2 (yeah, PS2), so I didn't know that. I think it makes sense though. Google won't lose any Android user for having a Youtube app for Xbox One. Beside, the Xbox One is one of the new beast in the console world. Isn't it the best console now? (I mean best along with the PS4. idk much about consoles but I've read they are equally good).

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

After four years 4 per cent market share. WOW!!! At least in 20 years it will be 20 per cent! Maybe then you will see a YouTube apps from Google!! LOL!!!

18. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

You are one really mean dude. Come on. Don't crush my hope from getting a good Youtube app on my Lumia. xD

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think instead of all the WP people complaining about a chromecast app for WP, are just idiots. Why doesn't Microsoft make there own Windowscast device. Oh wait, but it would be more than double the price and with fewer features.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

cool story bro, did ms eat your children? You mean like windows mc? Currently they have the x1 that could do what the CC does, how much can the chrome cast do that the 360 or x1 does?

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Umm, last time I checked the xbone cost $499 and the chromecast is $30. Naturally the xbone is a game and media console. The chromecast is a different animal. You can remotely cast and control movies, music, web pages, and more. Soon to be able view what's currently on your phone/tablet screen. So for $30. I can buy one and easily carry it with me and use anywhere.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Cool. Cool. I hope it can do rewind, pause, and stop soon.

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Windows Phone is awesome!

20. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Frankly I think it's Google's fault but A full x86 CPU Windows 8.1 tablet can access Google's Utube's Web site and use all it's feature's and you can even make a Tile to quickly access Utube on the Windows 8.1 Start screen so screw Googles effort's to be a non Player. Microsoft should have long ago created a Utube like channel, if they did and dropped it they should bring it back. People will check it out

23. dawerner

Posts: 1; Member since: May 25, 2015

There's a company that's sitting on the couch enjoying every episode of this soap opera: Apple. It's iOS's got the best apps from both companies. iOS has an excellent YouTube app, goggle everything, as well as android. If you want to use a real Microsoft Office, do it on iOS platform, its even better that using it on WPOS. Who understands Microsoft???? The fact is that both companies loose with this lack of diplomacy, specially Microsoft's WP OS. It is a shame because WP OS is a real good plataform, very fluid even if the phone is old or full of apps.

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