Altec Lansing is the latest company jumping into Google Cast. The company has introduced SmartStream, a line of wireless speakers that you can beam music to from numerous smartphone apps. Its multi-room playback functionality makes it a direct alternative to Sonos.
Google seems to quietly be phasing out the Google Cast name. It's been found that the company has reverted to calling that family of products Chromecast, with Cast-compatible products now having "Chromecast Built-in" branding.
Google has officially updated its Google Cast API for 3rd-party developers and it includes changes like support for 4K content, the ability to maintain the state of a casting session, a bug fix for an aspect ratio issue for images, and more.
Google Play Services version 10 is now rolling out, and this brings us a new feature for those who enjoy using Google Cast. The app will now show player controls in a notification whenever there's an active cast session on the same local network you are on.
Earlier this week we saw Google Cast transform into Google Home (as was previously expected due to a splash screen in the app). Today, Google has published a blog post that talks about this change, its new design, and how it can control your Chromecast and Google Home devices.
The Google Cast app has been updated, as promised. The app is now known as Google Home as it will be the hub for not only Google Cast products, but also the upcoming Google Home hardware unit. The app features an updated UI and a new Home-shaped icon, too.
In March, Google renamed the Chromecast application to Google Cast so that it matched the new brand Google was going with. Now, at least one users has spotted a note within the app that says it will get a new name and a new icon.
A new report claims that a recent meeting between Google and unnamed partners laid out Google's plans for other manufacturers to build their own versions of Google Home. Google wants to steal the market away from the Amazon Echo to ensure that the Google Assistant is the default voice assistant...
Vizio has announced 2 new wireless speakers today. The SmartCast Crave 360 and Crave Pro both fully support Google Cast. The Crave 360 is meant to be a more portable option, while the Pro is for use in-home. They cost $249 and $299, respectively.
Vizio has launched a new line of premium speakers called the SmartCast Crave series. The SmartCast Crave 360 starts at $249, while the SmartCast Crave Pro starts at $299. Both speakers work with Google Cast and are being positioned as an alternative to Sonos.
Yesterday, JBL announced that new firmware updates would bring Google Now voice integration to a handful of their speakers.
Today, the company has announced a new product with a different type of Google technology integration. The JBL Playlist is a wireless Bluetooth 4.2 speaker that you can...
Until now, Google required that you install an extension if you wanted to cast a Chrome tab to your Google Cast device.
This is no longer required now that Google has built the functionality right into the Chrome desktop software
Tidal is getting a pretty neat update today. It adds Chromecast support for those who like to cast tunes to their Cast devices. Beyond that, they've fixed some bugs and improved the performance of the Play Queue.
Not only are there people getting prompted about enabling the ability to cast to cloud-based services "like Google Hangouts", but Google has also published a Support page for it in their Chromecast Help section as well.
It's unclear what other cloud-based services Google has in mind for this...
One of the many announcements from Google I/O this year was a new version of Google's Cast SDK. This bumps the version up to 3.0 and it makes casting quicker, more reliable, and easier to maintain.
Google has just announced that developers can now utilize this Google Cast SDK in their own apps.