Report: Next Chromecast Ultra runs Android TV, has a remote control

For much of the past decade, Google has maintained two different smart TV platforms: Chromecast and Android TV (formerly Google TV). But now 9to5Google reports that the next Chromecast Ultra will be a full-fledged Android TV device. That means that in addition to streaming internet content to your TV while using your phone, laptop, or other […]

Google Stadia allegedly causing some Chromecast Ultras to overheat and shut down

Google’s Stadia game streaming platform launched this week — and it’s initially available exclusively to folks who’ve paid for a Stadia Premiere Edition bundle that includes a Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controller allowing them to play on a TV screen… for a while. Some users are reporting that their Chromecast devices are overheating and shutting […]

Google ends feature updates for 1st-gen Chromecast (but security updates and bug fixes continue)

It’s been about six years since Google launched the first Chromecast device, and Google has continued to release software updates ever since… but the folks at 9to5Google noticed recently that those updates seem to have slowed down. Now the website has confirmed that Google has ceased releasing major software updates for the original Chromecast. That […]

YouTube coming to Fire TV and Prime Video to Chromecast as Amazon and Google call a truce

Amazon and Google have announced that an official YouTube app is finally returning to the Fire TV platform. And for the first time, Amazon Video will officially support Chromecast devices. The updates should roll out “in the coming months,” and Amazon says other apps including YouTube TV and YouTube Kids will be coming to Fire […]

Daily Deals (2-22-2019)

Rakuten is running sale on home & outdoor goods today, which means you can save 20% on a bunch of products for up to a total of $40 off. Just use the coupon code HOME20 at checkout. And since Rakuten considers smart home gadgets to be “home” goods, that means you can pick up a […]