1. Bob OHara's Avatar
    Am I missing it? Because it seems rather idiotic that there would be an add-on available in the Chrome Store for Google Cast for the Windows OS but no app add-on for the Android version of The Chrome Browser. Since Android Platform was created by Google that seems like it should be a given. A pain for those who are trying to solely use their tablets.
    10-06-2013 08:33 AM
  2. anon268366's Avatar
    Not missing it... It isn't available

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    10-06-2013 09:47 AM
  3. Bob OHara's Avatar
    To me that seems like a terrible oversight, does it not?
    10-06-2013 09:59 AM
  4. patruns's Avatar
    To me that seems like a terrible oversight, does it not?
    I doubt that it is an oversight. There are probably reasons the app has not been updated. An explanation about it from Google would be nice though.
    10-06-2013 11:57 AM
  5. dan1431's Avatar
    This is an area where Google has always had a deficiency.

    It might be my biggest give with Google as I am sure they know what they are doing, but are not the best at communicating that with the public.

    Other companies are just as bad, but it has been an issue that IMHO has always existed with Google.

    Dan
    10-06-2013 04:06 PM
  6. Devlyn16's Avatar
    Am I missing it? Because it seems rather idiotic that there would be an add-on available in the Chrome Store for Google Cast for the Windows OS but no app add-on for the Android version of The Chrome Browser. Since Android Platform was created by Google that seems like it should be a given. A pain for those who are trying to solely use their tablets.
    Minimum System Requirements Streaming Quality: High Streaming Quality: Standard
    Windows Vista
    Windows 7 & 8
    2nd-generation Core i5 (2GHz+), 3rd/4th-generation Core i5 processor, or equivalent Core i3 or equivalent


    [sarcasm]Yes, idiotic that they go and let a PC with minimum specs matching those above do something that is unavailable on a moblie Device with a mobile OS [/sarcasm]
    10-07-2013 11:38 AM
  7. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    To be fair, they do state pretty clearly in the product description that it can cast from "Chrome browser from your computer"

    From the Google Play website:
    Cast a Chrome browser tab with anything from photos to music to video from your Windows or Mac laptop or Chromebook Pixel to your TV at home.
    To be honest, browser casting from Chromcast seems to be a pretty resource intensive task. My laptop seems to handle it fine, but when I as visiting my sister a few weeks ago we noticed that her older laptop was getting bogged down and starting to overheat after trying to watch ESPN3 via tab cast for about 20 minutes. My guess is that this is part of the reason it's not available for mobile devices yet -- they have a find a more efficient means of sharing the content.
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    10-07-2013 01:16 PM
  8. Devlyn16's Avatar
    I seem to recall from earlier threads when Chromecast first launched that the data path for dedicated Apps vs casting from a Browser on a PC were different.

    As in for netflix, your phone/tablet send a command to netflix's servers and they streamed the content down through the intenet to the Chrome cast device, where as for Tabbed casting, of ESPN for example, your PC sends the request through the browser to ESPN, then ESPN sends the content to your PC, then your PC sends it over to Chroemcas. I'm no expert but if this is what is occuring it become obvious why casting from Chrome may be a litte ways off for moble devices. When it does arrive, These forums will flood with people compalining about the battery drain.
    10-08-2013 08:31 AM
  9. Thomas Daly's Avatar
    not sure about this.

    my understanding is that casting merely establishes the wifi connection to the content directly from the source on the internet. so, there is not actually any streaming going on from the device. indeed, if you from your phone start to cast a youtube video, and then PULL the phone's battery, your tv will continue merrily playing the video.

    so, imo your sister's laptop was merely struggling to play the espn3 video. it would have struggled with or without the cast.
    10-08-2013 11:18 AM
  10. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    not sure about this.

    my understanding is that casting merely establishes the wifi connection to the content directly from the source on the internet. so, there is not actually any streaming going on from the device. indeed, if you from your phone start to cast a youtube video, and then PULL the phone's battery, your tv will continue merrily playing the video.

    so, imo your sister's laptop was merely struggling to play the espn3 video. it would have struggled with or without the cast.
    This is true for apps that support casting (that the actual stream is handled by the Chromecast device itself), however when casting a browser session that is NOT true, in that case the computer is acting as a "middle man", and all content is streamed first to the computer browser, then from the computer to the Chromecast device...this is why it is a much more intensive process and uses more system resources.

    Devlyn outlined this above....

    I seem to recall from earlier threads when Chromecast first launched that the data path for dedicated Apps vs casting from a Browser on a PC were different.

    As in for netflix, your phone/tablet send a command to netflix's servers and they streamed the content down through the intenet to the Chrome cast device, where as for Tabbed casting, of ESPN for example, your PC sends the request through the browser to ESPN, then ESPN sends the content to your PC, then your PC sends it over to Chroemcas. I'm no expert but if this is what is occuring it become obvious why casting from Chrome may be a litte ways off for moble devices. When it does arrive, These forums will flood with people compalining about the battery drain.
    10-08-2013 12:45 PM
  11. patruns's Avatar
    I agree. I believe streaming from a PC browser is far more intensive than an app cast. Add to that the fact that someone could have multiple tabs open that are constantly receiving real time updates. If Google could restrict the Android Chrome app to only casting when one tab is open it might fly but that sounds like a complete rewrite of the Chrome app. Maybe that is what they are doing.
    OrganizeSB likes this.
    10-08-2013 01:30 PM
  12. Devlyn16's Avatar
    I agree. I believe streaming from a PC browser is far more intensive than an app cast. Add to that the fact that someone could have multiple tabs open that are constantly receiving real time updates. If Google could restrict the Android Chrome app to only casting when one tab is open it might fly but that sounds like a complete rewrite of the Chrome app. Maybe that is what they are doing.
    I think it would be easier to build a stripped down tabless version of CHROME into the Chromecast App, but then my knowledge of programing is limted to the Comodore 64 and some minor JCL from my days as MF systems operator
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    10-09-2013 11:08 AM
  13. OrganizeSB's Avatar
    THANK YOU FOR STARTING THE THREAD! I have been searching hi and low for an answer to such a "DUH" question. I am quite sure it's not an oversight. Google couldn't possibly be that lame. I wonder if Samsung and Google are having a 'tiff'.... ? I think Google has gone to great efforts to block any kind of ranking for this question. Maybe I'm just paranoid but I am so happy I found this thread - I thought I was GOING CRAZY.

    Furthermore, the packaging, if I am not mistaken, says Chromecast can surf the web - doesn't say anything about it not being compatible with certain devices.
    12-30-2013 07:42 PM

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