Google has begun to make Chromcast-compatible apps easier to find on Google Play by giving them their very own section. It’s a little bare at the moment, but it does include titles like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, and of course, YouTube.
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Netflix published an update on Google Play yesterday for its users who have been experiencing issues when running its mobile app on either their cellphone or tablet.
When Google unveiled the $35 Chromecast dongle yesterday, it revealed that three free months of Netflix (for new and existing customers) would be bundled with each purchase. You don’t have to be a mathematician to realize that such a deal means the Chromecast basically pays for itself, which is awesome.
Unfortunately, the promotion was short lived, as Google has already ended the deal with Netflix. The reason? “Overwhelming demand.”
Google told the LA Times that, ”Due to overwhelming demand for Chromecast devices since launch, the 3-month Netflix promotion (which was available in limited quantities) is no longer available.”
- Source LA Times
One of the main highlights of Google’s keynote in San Francisco was the announcement of Chromecast which utilized the leading service in the movie-streaming industry, Netflix, in its demonstration. In response, Netflix has now published an update for its application on Google Play, bringing the ability to stream 1080p video directly from a device running Android 4.3.
The App Store and Google Play continued to drive mobile app downloads during the first quarter of 2013, while BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Store remain “distant challengers.”
That’s according to the latest figures from Canalys, which say a whopping 13.4 billion apps were downloaded across these four stores over the last three months, raking in $2.2 billion in app sales, in-app purchases, and subscriptions.
Have you ever driven down to Blockbuster just to find that the movie you wanted to see wasn’t in stock. Those wasted journeys can now become a thing of the past, thanks to Blockbuster’s new Android app. Find the movie you want to see, and the app will tell you whether your local Blockbuster store has it.
You wouldn’t normally associate HP devices with the Android or iOS platforms, but the company’s latest gadget plays nicely with them both. It’s called the Pocket Playlist, and it allows you to stream all of your media wirelessly to all your smartphones and tablets. It boasts 32GB of internal storage, and it can stream to up to five devices simultaneously.
Hisense Pulse is a new set-top box powered by Google TV that was first announced at IFA back in August. Its $100 price tag makes it one of the most affordable ways to introduce Google TV to your living room, and it comes with some nice features. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, you can place your order now through Amazon. But you’ll have to be quick if you want it before Christmas.
Redbox Instant, a joint-venture between Redbox and Verizon that hopes to compete with services like Netflix, has today made its debut on Android and iOS in the form of a private beta. The new app allows subscribers to stream unlimited movies to their devices for $8 a month. Here’s how to get on the waiting list.
In the battle of the mobile platform wars, Android has been extending its lead over Apple’s iOS platform at a steady rate for over a year. Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt believes that the battle between Android and iOS is similar to Microsoft’s desktop expansion in the 1990s.
Schmidt say down with Bloomberg to talk about the mobile war with Apple and said that with 1.3 million new Android devices being activated per day, he thinks it’s pretty obvious that Android is winning now.