Google IO 2016 Coverage

Chromecast taking over fast-growing media streaming market


A new report from Strategy Analytics shows Google’s Chromecast device is quickly taking over the fast-growing market for digital media streamers. The new study shows the market segment for streaming media boxes and dongles grew by a whopping 32% during 2015. Leading the way was the Google Chromecast that now controls 35% market share. Read more

Chromecast made up 20% of streaming media device sales in 2014

streaming marketshareWhen Google released the Chromecast, it was set at a very cheap price point in order to chew up as much market share as quickly as possible, similar to Google’s approach with Android. Looks like that tactic paid off for the little streaming dongle, as the Chromecast holds second place in the market share race after just over a year on the market.

In 2013, Roku and Apple TV made up over half of the market, with Roku leading the way by a considerable margin. In 2014, that shifted dramatically with Roku losing a large percentage of the market and Apple TV actually coming in third behind Google’s second place Chromecast. Since the Chromecast is significantly cheaper than what’s offered by Roku or Apple, that’s helped it rise in market share so quickly. Read more

Google Play Movies & TV arrives in Roku’s Channel Store


One of the best things about Google is that the company acknowledges that other platforms exist. Today, Google Play Movies & TV is available in the Channel Store for Roku devices. Owners of such devices get Google’s vast library of films and television shows in standard and high definition. Google integrated its Info Cards so viewers can quickly learn about actors and more just by pausing.

For now, the launch of Google Play Movies & TV is available in the Channel Store in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Google is throwing in a gifts to celebrate and the first one is the original X-Men film.

Source: Roku

Roku adds screen mirroring beta for Android devices


Roku has announced today that they are starting to roll out a new beta feature that will enable screen mirroring from some Android devices to Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) devices. This new feature will be available for Android devices running at least Android 4.4.2 and with hardware that supports screen mirroring. Android users are not the only ones getting this new feature as Windows 8.1 powered devices will be able to do the same thing. Read more

Firefox Beta for Android gets support for Chromecast, Roku streaming


A new update for the Firefox Beta app for Android is now available in the Google Play Store. The big new feature is the addition of support for casting the browser’s contents to a Chromecast or Roku device. Firefox had added the Chromecast support to their nightly builds a few weeks ago. Adding it to the beta channel gets the feature that much closer to being available in the production app. Read more

Roku’s Android app gets updated with a fresh interface and enhanced searching


Fire up them Roku boxes, everyone. The ‘Little Streaming Box That Could’ has an update for its Android application that brings a breath of fresh air! The interface has been completely retooled and gives it a much more cleaner look. In fact, it is flatter and more crisp.

Aside from just revamping the interface, Roku has added a ton of depth to the search functionality. Searching a specific movie, actor, or director on your device will display some possible hits. But with these results, Roku will also display the viewing options (Channels) available. This enhanced search functionality will only be available on Roku boxes with firmware 5.4 and up (excluding the 2450x and 2500x models).

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