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Google readying Chromecast Ultra with Android TV, report indicates

Google is working on a successor to its Chromecast Ultra which will be based on Android TV, according to a 9to5google report.

The device, which is said to go by the code name of “Sabrina”, is expected to support 4K HDR content as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

As is the case with the current Chromecast Ultra, the second-gen model will be a dongle that plugs directly into TV. Unlike the one available today, the new one should be paired with an external remote.

The remote control is reported to have a microphone, dedicated Google Assistant button, and support pairing to TVs. Naturally, the remote will also be used to navigate Android TV experience.

According to the source of the report, the forthcoming device will closely resemble the 3rd generation Chromecast but with a softer, more round finish.

This will mark the first time Google has offered up hardware for its Android TV experience in the form of a dongle.

With Google I/O cancelled, it’s hard to say exactly how or when Google might introduce the new device.

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How to stream audio to multiple rooms through Google Home

Do you own at least two Google Home devices? Any combination of Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max, or Home Hub will suffice. Two of one, one each, whatever.

Did you know that you can create a multi-room playback experience where you can play music and other audio across the whole house?  You’ve already got everything you need to do so.

One of the best things about Google Home units is that they can work independently as well as together. This is great for when you have music, podcasts, audiobooks, or something else you’d like to listen to around the home.

Let’s say you’re cleaning the house on a Saturday morning and you find yourself going from room to room. The last thing you want to do is pause playback for a few minutes at a time; you want that playlist to pump no matter where you are in the house.

If you own multiple Home devices, you definitely want to set things up so you can create multi-room playback. The next time you throw a party or backyard barbecue you’ll have music everywhere and look like a hero.

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Setting this up is as easy as it gets. All you really need to do is open the Google Home and follow a couple of quick steps. Before proceeding, ensure that your audio devices are set up on the same Wi-Fi network and that your phone is connected to it.

  • In the top right of the menu look for Devices icon to see your available audio devices.
  • In the top right corner of the audio device, tap the card menu and create a Group
  • By default the name will be “Home” but you can create anything you’d like by erasing and starting fresh
  • You’ll see all of the speakers and devices on the same WiFi network as your Google Home. Simply tap the box next to the items you want to add to the group.

After a few moments you’ll see the group as a card in the Home app; you’ll be able to control it via voice or cast to it inside of an app. Note that Chromecast audio devices can be added to a group as well as Google Home speakers.

From here you can simply tell your Google Home, or phone, to play a particular song or playlist on your group.

Feature image courtesy of Google

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Google Home Max goes on sale at Best Buy, Verizon for $399

The Google Home Max was announced back in October during the Pixel 2 event, and back then the search giant said the speaker will be available in December. Well, it’s December alright and the device just went on sale at Best Buy. It’s available in either Chalk of Charcoal coloring options and you can snatch […]

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You can now control your Fire TV via Alexa-powered devices

Have a Fire TV set-top box or stick in your home? Go check it, because Amazon is rolling out a new software update which adds the option of controlling Fire TVs via an Alexa-powered device such as the Amazon Echo speaker. The update will bump the software version up to Fire OS 5.2.4.1 or 5.2.4.2 […]

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Hulu Live TV beta bundles up to 50 channels for $39.99/month

Hulu made known its plans of launching a TV channel bundle almost a year ago. This week during the annual Upfront presentation, the company finally unleashed a “public beta” for its Live TV streaming service, which launches as an alternative to standard cable packages. Hulu’s new service costs $39.99 per month and grants access to […]

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How to stream March Madness 2017

Is your bracket busted yet? NCAA March Madness is upon us again and this is absolutely my favorite time of year. Nothing beats the cinderella going after the big blue bloods and watching all the high seeds fall. Many of us will be glued to our televisions, laptops, phones, and tablets taking in all of […]

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You can get $15 off Google Home if you pair it with a Chromecast purchase

Didn’t manage to take advantage of any of the sweet Valentine Day’s deals? Not to worry. Google has something for you, if you have some money to spend. Until February 25, customers who are picking up a Google Home connected speaker will be able to save $15 if they pair the device with a Chromecast, […]

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You Can Customize Your Chromecast’s Background With More Than Stock Photos

The stock photos that come with your Chromecast are beautiful and all, but if you want to switch things up, you can customize it a bit more to your liking. All you need is the Google Home app.

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Make your Chromecast even more powerful with these few steps – Right from your phone!

Google has completely changed the game with the Chromecast. Gone are the days where you’d need to download a file on your computer, connect an HDMI cable from your TV to your computer, hit play, and hope everything works correctly. Now, we have the Chromecast which makes life infinitely easier, if you know how to

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Google Home to get Netflix and Google photos integration soon

Soon you’ll be able to do more things by simply voicing a command. If you have a Google Home speaker at home, then you should know the little device is bound to get a few, new features soon. As originally reported by the Android Police, some select users are reporting Netflix and Google Photos integration

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