Smartphones and virtual reality were not the only things Google showed off at their #madebygoogle event. The tech giant also unveiled a brand new Chromecast, Google WiFi and officially launched the familiar Google Home.
Google has finally revealed the date for their next big event via a cryptic teaser video that doesn’t really reveal much (except the company’s good music taste) besides the fact that something’s happening on the 4th of October.
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Ousting the 2 year old version, the new 2015 Chromecast is set to once again offer a better way to make your regular devices smarter; unspecific to it just being a TV anymore, with the Chromecast Audio. Coming in at a small form factor of 39.1grams the new streaming stick and its new music-inclined sibling now boast an improved WiFi frequency support, redesigned to now be a circle and include an integrated HDMI cable.
Chromecast users rejoice! you can now use your favourite broadcasting dongle with iflix to catch your favourite shows on the streaming service. All you need to do is plug it into your TV and your phone essentially transforms into a mobile media device.
iflix is basically what people have been calling the “Asian Netflix”, with the service launching locally about two months ago. The service is similar to that of Astro On the Go and HyppTV and resides in the same market niche. The service starts from RM 10 a month for unlimited access but you can get a subscription for just RM 8 a month after that with the yearly subscription, which will only set you back RM 96.
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Your smartphone is more than just a communication device, it’s the gateway to a whole bunch of entertainment all for your personal consumption. There’s a catch however, as great as your smartphone is for entertainment on-the-go, it still can’t beat watching all those videos on a big flat screen TV.
That’s about to change though as now there’s a way for you to put all that entertainment that you have on your smartphone, onto that sweet large flatscreen TV you have at home. How? It’s all thanks to the Google Chromecast, offered exclusively by Maxis.
So what is the Chromecast? It’s a small dongle that attaches itself to a TV via the HDMI port. What it can do is allow you to cast your favourite entertainment from your devices straight to your TV. It’s really simple to setup as well. Just plug it into your TV, make sure it’s powered via power outlet or the TV’s USB port, set it up through the Chromecast app on your smartphone and you’re ready to cast.
Now this simple gadget may not look like much but hidden in this little gem is a way to use your smartphone in a whole new way. So how will it do that? Here’s just a few examples
If you always wanted to play YouTube videos on the big screen and your TV isn’t exactly smart, the Google Chromecast might be the little tool that you’ll need. It is a HDMI dongle that allows you to connect your TV to your smart phone, tablets and various other WiFi connected devices.
Apart from YouTube, it also allows you to mirror your smart phone content from the web browsing, music and other chromecast supported apps. To set it up is fairly easy by simply connecting the Chromecast into your TV’s HDMI port, and connect the USB cable for its power. Once the WiFi has been set up, you’re good to go.
It is now officially available in Malaysia, exclusively from Maxis at RM170 inclusive of GST. MaxisOne users can pick it up for just RM150. You can get it from selected Maxis Stores nationwide. For more info, visit the Maxis Chromecast page.
Check out the Chromecast promo videos after the break.
With Google+ now splitting up into individual services, the guys over at Android Police have discovered that your pictures would be backing up to Google Drive instead of Google+ or the standard Photos app. They found that the latest version of the cloud storage app on Android has preliminary code for an eventual photo backup feature that will not just back up images on your phone but there are also hidden mentions of Chromecast streaming support too. That means you will have an easier time sharing your files on a display.
The new features may not be going live in the next release because Google sometimes leave pre-release code hanging around in their apps but since they’re there, we are likely to see the new features roll out sooner than later.
It is that time of the year again and Google has done something interesting on Google Maps. In an attempt to hire their next employee, they are opening up a challenge to find the world’s best Pokemon Monster. To participate, open up the Google Maps app on Android and iOS. Hit the search button and tap on “Press Start” to being your adventure. To join the hunt, you better act fast as this will be available for a short while.
Last year, they had introduced treasure mode on Google Maps for April Fools. Head after the break for the Pokemon Master and another April Fool video for Chromecast.