What Is a Chromecast and How Does It Work?

What Is a Chromecast and How Does It Work?

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If you’re in the market for an affordable and simple way to stream content on your television, you’ve most likely come across the Google Chromecast. But unlike other media players, the Google Chromecast might seem a little odd since there’s no remote or any sort of TV interface.

So what is a Google Chromecast and is it the right streaming device for you?

What Is a Chromecast?

Using Google Chromecast with the Home app

Chromecast is a line of streaming dongles by Google. They can be plugged into any television or monitor through a standard HDMI port. Once configured, you can stream audio or video wirelessly to a bigger screen from your phone, computer, or even a Google Home device.

Google Chromecast connects over Wi-Fi and is entirely controlled by another device like a smartphone instead of a dedicated remote. Hence, there’s also no special TV interface or a steep learning curve. You boot it, pair the network, and you’re up and running in a few minutes.

A Chromecast basically acts as a bridge between your TV and your phone or tablet. It draws power from a Micro-B USB input, the adapter for which Google bundles in the box.

How Does a Chromecast Work?

Plugging in the Google Chromecast

A Chromecast is built on top of Google’s own proprietary protocol called Cast. It’s designed to let devices (such as your smartphone) easily mirror their content onto a screen or a smart speaker. Announced back in 2013, Google Cast has since been integrated into nearly every major app and platform.

Whenever there’s a Cast-enabled receiver like Chromecast on the same Wi-Fi network as your phone or computer, the compatible app will show a Cast icon. You can tap that icon and beam the content you’re watching directly to the Chromecast.

Since the Chromecast itself is also paired with the internet connection, your phone shares the URL of the content. Because of that, the process is almost instant and you won’t face any delays.

Which Platforms and Apps Support Chromecast?

Google Cast is technically platform-agnostic since it’s based on Wi-Fi. Therefore, if the developer decides to add compatibility, the underlying platform won’t be an issue.

So for instance, you’ll find the Cast button on YouTube irrespective of whether you’re browsing the website on your computer through Google Chrome or the app on your iOS/Android smartphone. Beside Google’s own YouTube, many platforms have Cast compatibility including Netflix, Spotify, Facebook, and more.

There are a couple of services which don’t offer Cast support. Prime Video is one example but that’s only because Amazon itself has a Chromecast competitor called Fire TV. However, since you can mirror your entire screen, there is a workaround available for streaming Prime Video content through a Chromecast.

Hence, even if there’s a service that doesn’t Chromecast, you can employ the screen mirroring workaround.

What Can a Chromecast Do?

Chromecast lets you stream both audio and video to your television from a phone or computer in up to 4K resolution. In addition, you can mirror just about anything else like pictures from Google Photos.

Plus, if you’re using Android or Google Chrome, you can mirror your screen to demonstrate a presentation or show something else on a bigger screen. It doesn’t have an online service either. You can cast local media files to Chrome too through apps.

What’s more, a handful of games can even be played through Chromecast. That feature can come in handy for when you want to engage in a multiplayer round with friends at a party and also display it for others to watch. The collection isn’t as vast as one would hope but a few notable titles such as Monopoly and Angry Birds Friends are available.

When it’s ideal, you can even run an automated slideshow of your pictures on a Chromecast-connected screen. Apart from manual control, Chromecasts can be used through the Google Assistant as well.

So you can simply say “Play Stranger Things on Netflix on Living Room TV” to your phone or a Google Home device and the stream will be pulled up on the television without you lifting a finger.

Who’s a Chromecast For?

A Chromecast has several enticing features. But for bringing it to such a low price point, Google has made some cuts, which is why it’s not for everyone.

For starters, there’s no remote or a TV interface. So if you’re someone who prefers to browse all the available platforms in one place before deciding what to watch, a Chromecast is not for you.

Furthermore, you’ll be controlling it with your phone which is fine in most scenarios. But there are times when you’d like to quickly hit pause or switch channels. In those cases, a dedicated remote with physical buttons is much more convenient than unlocking a phone.

There’s also no common search you can utilize like you would on a Fire TV Stick or Roku. You’ll have to go into individual apps and look up content separately. While the Google Home app tries to solve this issue, it’s not perfect yet.

Which Chromecast Should I Buy?

Alright, you’ve realized a Chromecast is right for what you’re looking for. Now it’s time to decide which one to buy.

You’ve two options. The entry-level $ 35 Google Chromecast and the $ 70 Chromecast Ultra. Both come with roughly the same set of specifications. However, there are three key differences.

For double the price, the Chromecast Ultra allows you to stream 4K and HDR content. On top of that, it has an Ethernet port if you’d like to connect a router for faster bandwidths. The Chromecast Ultra is slated to support Google’s upcoming Stadia platform as well whenever it arrives. The regular Chromecast, on the other hand, is smaller in size and can stream 1080p content.

Unless you’re interested in Google’s gaming platform or streaming 4K content, the basic Chromecast should suffice.

How to Set Up a Chromecast

We hope you have a clearer understanding of what a Google Chromecast is and what it can do. If you’ve bought the device and wondering where to start with the configuration, we have a detailed guide on how to set up and use a Chromecast.

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The 7 Best Mobile Games to Play on a Google Chromecast

There are some great mobile games out there, but the screen size of your smartphone can limit your enjoyment of them. Chromecasts are solving the issue, as they allow you to play mobile games on your big-screen TV.

Here are the best mobile games you can play on your TV using a Google Chromecast.

1. Just Dance Now

Do you want to brush up on your dance skills so you don’t embarrass yourself at weddings? Maybe you’d like to shed a few pounds from the comfort of your own home? Then you need this game.

Just Dance Now has more than 200 songs for you to boogie along with, including the biggest hits (and some of the most popular YouTube videos) of the last few years. You’ll find “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry, and a whole lot more. New songs are added every month.

The Social Mode lets you add an unlimited number of players, and it can even send the amount of calories you burn to health apps on your phone.

Download: Just Dance Now for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases are available)

2. Tricky Titans

Tricky Titans offers a surprisingly fun twist on one of the all-time playground classics: Rock, Paper, Scissors.

It’s one of the few games on Google Play Store that’s not smartphone or tablet-compatible. You need a Chromecast if you want to play it.

The game sees you take control of an ogre who has to defend his village while simultaneously destroying his rivals’ villages. On each turn, you can either attack, defend, or power up. Making the wrong decision can see you quickly slip down the leaderboard.

Trick Titans doesn’t have much longevity, but it’s one of the best Chromecast party games available.

Download: Tricky Titans for Android | iOS (Free)

3. Angry Birds League/Friends

Do you love Angry Birds but get tired of the same old approach? Angry Birds League (Angry Birds Friends on iOS) introduces competitive gameplay to mix things up.

You can play local tournaments with you and your friends on one TV, or you can sign up for a global championship and see how you stack up against the world’s best bird shooters.

The game features two new tournaments every week, with special themed events for holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.

The game introduces six new levels per tournament, so it should never become stale.

Download: Angry Birds League for Android | Angry Birds Friends for iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

4. Cardcast

Cardcast is a clone of Cards Against Humanity. The game is available on both Android and iOS.

The rules will be familiar to anyone who has spent time playing its politically incorrect big brother. The judge of the round draws a card and players submit their responses. The judge decides on the best one and awards the winner with a point. Play progresses through a predetermined number of rounds.

You can download decks from cardcastgame.com or create your own card decks and share them with your friends. The game also shows you the most popular decks in case you want to make sure you’re playing with the same content as everyone else.

Bottom line: It’s another excellent Chromecast party game.

Download: Cardcast for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

5. RISK: Global Domination

We really like the way board games translate from the physical to the digital. Sure, they might not have that old-fashioned feel to them, but they’re a lot cheaper than buying the full versions of the games. Oh, and it’s also much more difficult for people to cheat while playing!

If you want something that’s guaranteed to get all the players feeling competitive, you can’t go far wrong with the all-time classic, Risk.

The digital version of the title is one of the best Chromecast games to play with a phone. You can play against people from anywhere around the world. And if you want to avoid a whitewash, the game can automatically match you against someone of an equivalent skill level.

Download: RISK: Global Domination for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

6. QuizUp

In the past, you might have played Big Web Quiz on your Chromecast. Sadly, the game is no longer available.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get some Chromecast trivia in your life. Instead, you should check out QuizUp. We’d argue that it’s better than the Big Web Quiz ever was.

The trivia topics are diverse. They cover everything from sports and politics to Harry Potter and Star Trek. You can either play one of the pre-made quizzes or create your own quiz and challenge your friends.

And speaking of friends, QuizUp lets you challenge people from all over the world in a multiplayer game. Of course, you can also have a private trivia session with your friends as well.

If you’re a competitive person, you can check the global leaderboards and see how your knowledge compares with that of other players.

Download: QuizUp for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

7. Chess

This simply-named app is our favorite way to play chess on your TV screen.

It has a few features that help it to stand out from its competitors. Most notably, it is open source and entirely free from ads.

The graphics are very plain, but we think that’s a good thing. Chess is a game which requires high levels of concentration, so you don’t want to be distracted by flashing lights and other annoying in-app gimmicks.

Of course, the lack of fancy graphics also means that your phone’s battery lasts longer. Given how long some chess games can last, that’s great news.

The Chess app lets you play local games or find other players online for a multiplayer Chromecast experience.

Download: Chess for Android (Free)

Alternatives to Playing Games on a Chromecast

First and foremost, the Chromecast is a video streaming device. It’s not actually designed for gaming. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with the mobile games mentioned.

Having said that, a dedicated gaming console is always going to be a better option, so for more gaming fun check out our pick of portable games consoles you should buy in 2019.

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Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: Which Is Better?

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YouTube Music and Google Play Music. Allo and Hangouts. Google Plus and Orkut. Google loves to duplicate its apps and services. The situation is no different for cord cutters and streamers: one company, two completely different solutions.

So, if you’re wondering whether you should buy a Google Chromecast or an Android TV device, keep reading. In this article we pitch the Google Chromecast vs. Android TV to help you determine which one you should buy.

What Is Android TV?

Android TV is the television version of the smartphone operating system. It launched in mid-2014, 12 months later than the Chromecast.

Like the smartphone OS, there’s not a single version of the Android TV platform. Lots of manufacturers have added their own customizations, and there are dozens of Android TV dongles and set-top boxes on the market.

Android TV also powers some smart TVs from manufacturers such as Hisense, Asus, Sharp, and Sony. Google does not produce any in-house Android TV equipment.

Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: Cost

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The cost of Chromecast dongles is easy to quantify. The entry-level model costs $ 35 and the Chromecast Ultra (which supports 4K video) will set you back $ 69.

Which it comes to Android TV, the situation is considerably more complicated. Because there’s not a single Android TV model, prices can vary wildly.

Fair warning—there are a lot of cheap Android TV boxes flooding the market. Some no-brand Chinese devices can be found for less than $ 20 on sites like AliExpress. Give them a wide berth.

However, some cheap Android TV boxes are worth recommending. They include the Xiaomi Mi (around $ 50), the MXQ Android Box ($ 35), and even a DIY Raspberry Pi solution.

At the other end of the scale, the best-in-class is still the Nvidia Shield. You can buy the 16GB model for $ 180 and the 500GB version for $ 300. Confusingly, both Nvidia Shield models come with Chromecast built-in.

Read our list of the best Android TV boxes for more details.

Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: Interface

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If you’re the type of person who likes to immerse yourself in an operating system, a Chromecast dongle might not be right for you.

Chromecasts do not have a user interface. Instead, you cast content from your phone, tablet, or computer (via Chrome).

Some apps are Chromecast-enabled; they have a dedicated Cast button which will replicate their visual and audio output on your TV screen. Alternatively, you can mirror your device’s entire screen, but that requires your phone’s screen to remain on, thus chewing through the battery.

Android TV devices have a dedicated user interface that you can control using a remote or a smartphone app. Rather than installing apps on your computer or mobile, you install standalone apps directly on the Android TV device.

Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: Apps

Most of the big players (think Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, etc.) have apps available for the Android TV platform and also make their smartphone apps Chromecast-enabled.

The notable exception is Amazon Prime Video. There’s an Android TV app available, but you cannot easily cast the video to a Chromecast.

There are a few workarounds which let you watch Amazon Prime Video on a Chromecast, but they are not ideal.

Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: Sideloading

Android TV boxes have access to a special version of the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the selection of apps available is nowhere near as diverse as in the regular smartphone version of the store.

Thankfully, you can negate the issue by sideloading apps on Android TV. If you can get hold of an app’s APK file (check sites like APKPure and APKMirror to see if you can find it), you can install any Android app on the operating system, and it will work.

The biggest drawback to sideloading apps is navigation. Because the apps have not been altered for the Android TV platform, your device’s remote might not work. If your Android TV box has a USB port, you can plug in a mouse. If it doesn’t, you can try pairing your box with a Bluetooth-enabled gaming controller.

Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: Games

If you’re a gamer, Android TV devices are the clear winner. Just make sure you don’t try to save a few bucks by buying an underpowered box.

If you want to use a Chromecast for gaming, you’ll still need to use your mobile device for the controls. That awkwardness, paired with the occasional lag you’ll encounter between your phone and your TV, makes it unsuitable for any fast-paced game. However, more sedate games, like Solitaire or quizzes, will be fine.

In contrast, many Android TV devices can be paired with gaming controllers. If you buy a high-spec box—such as the previously-mentioned Nvidia Shield—you might even find that a gaming controller comes included in the box.

The Android TV version of the Google Play Store hosts a wide variety of popular games, including Grand Theft Auto, Asphalt 8: Airborne, and Badland.

Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: Longevity

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It’s fair to question whether Chromecasts have a long-term future in Google’s product line-up.

Yes, they were revolutionary back in 2013 when they brought on-demand internet video streaming to the masses for the first time, but they increasingly look like a technology from yesteryear.

All the Chromecast’s competitors—Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Roku—offer a more holistic service for cord cutters. And as we’ve seen from the Nvidia Shield, it’s perfectly possible to bolt Chromecast’s screen mirroring features onto the Android TV OS for on-the-fly casting. The devices from Roku, Apple, and Amazon also all offer their own version of screen mirroring.

We’re not sure what’s preventing Google simply putting the Android TV operating system into a Chromecast-sized dongle and offering it at a similar price point. It’s likely to happen at some point.

Android TV and Kodi Boxes

You’ve probably heard of Kodi boxes. They are set-top devices that automatically launch Kodi upon boot, allowing you to easily access all your content. In simple terms, they turn Kodi into a smart TV operating system.

Although it’s not strictly essential (you could use a Raspberry Pi), almost all Kodi boxes run on Android TV. It’s also the operating system of choice for all those illegal (and they ARE illegal) “fully loaded” Kodi boxes you see popping up on eBay.

We’ve rounded up some of the best Kodi boxes on the market if you would like to learn more.

Google Assistant and Your Smart Home

Chromecasts are not smart devices. You cannot use them to control third-party smart home products around your home. You will need to use your phone’s Google Home app, which is a bit of an effort when you just want to turn off a light.

In contrast, an increasing number of mid-range and top-end Android TV devices now come with Google Assistant built in. As we know, the smart assistant offers an array of smart home integrations, entertainment options, and productivity tools. If you enjoy the benefits of voice control, an Android TV box is the way to go.

What About the Amazon Fire TV?

Don’t forget that Amazon Fire TV devices run their own customized version of Android TV. Sure, it’s unrecognizable from the vanilla operating system, but it still qualifies.

If you want more information, we’ve previously explained what Amazon Fire TV is and how it works.

Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: The Winner Is…

Everything else being equal, the clear winner is Android TV. It has more features, it’s just as easy to use, its future looks more certain, and it’s more flexible. But don’t write off the Chromecast completely.

If you want a highly portable device that’ll work in hotels, for business presentations, and at other people’s houses, they are the best option on the market. They’re also a cost-effective choice for secondary TVs in your home such as in bedrooms and kitchens.

Of course, you could also consider a Roku device. And if you need to know how the Roku stacks up against the Chromecast we have previously written a comparison of Chromecast and Roku.

Read the full article: Android TV vs. Google Chromecast: Which Is Better?

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Chromecast Ultra vs. Apple TV 4K vs. Roku Ultra vs. Amazon Fire 4K: Which Is Best?

The streaming device market is more competitive than ever. Today, there are a plethora of devices to choose from across a number of price points.

 

If you want the best of the best, however, you’ll probably want to invest in a device that supports 4K video. Many of the most popular streaming services are increasingly moving towards the format.

Realistically, you have four 4K devices to choose from: the Chromecast Ultra, the Apple TV 4K, the Roku Ultra, and the Amazon Fire TV 4K.

But how do they stack up against each other? Which has the best technical specs? Which has the broadest selection of content? And is it possible to name a clear winner? Let’s take a closer look.

Chromecast Ultra

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The Chromecast Ultra costs twice the amount of a regular Chromecast, but it offers the best value-for-money for those who want a 4K-compatible device.

Technical Specs

The Chromecast Ultra is Google’s entry into the 2160p video sector.

It can play 4K content from any device that’s connected to your wireless network and is also compatible with high dynamic range (HDR) content. For those who don’t know, HDR lets videos have a more vivid contrast, a broader color palette, and higher brightness levels.

There is one other significant difference between the Chromecast Ultra and the regular Chromecast: the presence of an Ethernet port. It means you can plug it into a wired network and (theoretically) enjoy a faster and more stable connection.

Under the bonnet, you will find a Marvell Armada 1500 Mini Plus 88DE3009 chip, 256MB of RAM, support for 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks, and both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The Chromecast Ultra weighs 1.66 ounces.

From a technical standpoint, the two most prominent drawbacks are the lack of a remote control and the lack of a user interface.

Content

The Chromecast acts as a bridge between your mobile or laptop and the TV. As such, most mainstream apps on both Android and iOS are Chromecast-compatible. Plenty of niche, less well-known streaming apps have also included the functionality.

To give you an example, CBS, Google Play, WatchESPN, YouTube, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, HBO NOW, Hulu, MLB.tv, Netflix, Pandora, Showtime Anytime, and Spotify all support the technology.

The glaring omission from the list is Amazon Video. Amazon and Google have been at loggerheads for months, and the absence of Amazon Video support shows that consumers are now starting to feel the effects.

Apple TV 4K

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The Apple TV 4K is the fifth generation of Apple TV products. Apple announced the device in September 2017, with the first units arriving in customers’ hands a couple of months later.

Technical Specs

Boasting a hexa-core Apple A10X Fusion processor, the Apple TV 4K offers the most powerful processor seen in the product line so far.

Users can also look forward to 7.1 channel surround sound, support for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks, and Bluetooth 5.0, HDMI 2.0, and infrared receiver connectivity. You can choose between a 32GB and a 64GB model.

It’s also worth giving a nod to the Apple TV 4K’s form factor. As is always the case with Apple products, the device and its remote look and feel premium. In comparison, the Roku and Amazon Fire devices feel rather cheap and plasticky.

Perhaps disappointingly, the Apple TV 4K only offers 3GB of DRAM memory. It’s significantly less than other devices on this list. Given the device’s premium price tag, users should expect more.

Content

Until the end of 2017, Apple TVs suffered from the same issue as Chromecasts: a lack of support for Amazon Video.

However, the app has since gone live in more than 100 countries, meaning Apple TV now offers apps from all the leading streaming services.

On the downside, the rigid App Store means the availability of “off-piste” streaming apps is diminished. You can’t even download and sideload installation files easily like you can on Android devices.

It is also worth noting that Siri integration is nowhere near universal among third-party apps, making it an impractical way to search for content.

Roku Ultra

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In mid-2017, Roku simplified its product line into five standalone devices. The Roku Ultra is the top-of-the-range premium model. Along with the Roku Streaming Stick+, it is only of two devices in the company’s product range which offers 4K resolution.

Technical Specs

Like the Chromecast Ultra, the Roku Ultra offers both wired and wireless connectivity. Wireless connectivity comes in the shape of 802.11ac dual-band MIMO.

On the back of the device, you’ll also find a micro SD card slot so you can expand the Ultra’s storage and a USB port for local playback.

Other noteworthy features include HDR support, a “night listening” mode, a lost remote finder, screen mirroring via Miracast, and voice search via the accompanying remote.

Content

Roku is the most content-agnostic set-top streaming box on the market. Unlike its biggest three competitors—Apple, Google, and Amazon—Roku does not provide video or music streaming services of its own.

As a result, the company relies on ensuring as many apps as possible are available on the platform. Roku has never entered into the tit-for-tat availability wars we’ve seen with other manufacturers.

Interestingly, Roku did recently launch its own ad-supported movie channel. It’s a great way to catch up on Hollywood releases if you hate Netflix and the other big streaming services.

Roku also lets you install private channels. They provide a range of live TV and on-demand videos. We’ve listed some of the best private Roku channels elsewhere on the site.

Amazon Fire TV 4K

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Amazon released the all-new Amazon Fire TV 4K in late 2017, bringing support for 4K video to the product for the first time.

Technical Specs

The Amazon Fire stick can play video in 2160p (4K), 1080p, and 720p resolutions. It is powered by a Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and has a Mali-450 GPU. The previous Fire model had a Mediatek 8127D CPU, so the new release marks a significant improvement.

The device supports both wired and wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2×2 MIMO) connectivity. Like the Chromecast Ultra, the Amazon Fire works with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands.

It also has 8GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, works with Bluetooth 4.2 and LE, and can read H.265 (HEVC), H.264, and VP9 video codecs.

Content

The Amazon Fire runs on a heavily modified version of the Android TV operating system. Because it’s so modified, it does not support Google Play Services. Therefore, you cannot run any of Google’s suite of apps like Gmail, Keep, or Calendar.

The Amazon Appstore does, however, offer all the mainstream apps, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and Google Play Movies.

Because it’s an Amazon product, the Fire stick is also Alexa-compatible. As such, you can use your device to control your entire smart home.

Which Device Should You Buy?

It’s not easy to determine a clear winner.

In terms of content, it’s hard to look past the Roku Ultra, especially as you can be confident the company isn’t suddenly going to block access to an app over a petty corporate dispute.

Meanwhile, the Chromecast Ultra (see our Chromecast Ultra guide) wins in the flexibility stakes, though the fact it acts as a bridge between your mobile and the TV is both a blessing and a curse.

The Apple TV 4K is undeniably the best looking of the bunch, but it’s harder for tinkerers to get their hands dirty.

And while the Amazon Fire TV 4K offers the best compromise between usability and cost, its divergence from stock Android will be a turn off for some users.

All of these 4K streaming devices are solid options. It just depends what you value most and what compromises you’re willing to accept.

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Make Your Own DIY Chromecast Replacement With Raspberry Pi

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You probably already know that you can use your Raspberry Pi as a media center. You can even install Kodi on it for managing media offline and online. But what if you’re happier to leave it running Raspbian as the main operating system? Well, if you have a mobile device you don’t mind using for managing your media, you could use this to cast a video to your TV. Yes: you can use your Raspberry Pi just like a Chromecast. You won’t be able to use the Cast button on Android, but YouTube videos, pictures, audio and images from your…

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Make Your Own DIY Chromecast Replacement With Raspberry Pi

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You probably already know that you can use your Raspberry Pi as a media center. You can even install Kodi on it for managing media offline and online. But what if you’re happier to leave it running Raspbian as the main operating system? Well, if you have a mobile device you don’t mind using for managing your media, you could use this to cast a video to your TV. Yes: you can use your Raspberry Pi just like a Chromecast. You won’t be able to use the Cast button on Android, but YouTube videos, pictures, audio and images from your…

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