Google has decided to make giving a Chromecast as a present a little bit of a sweeter gift by making a bunch of new games available for it. The announcement from Google today outlines quite a few titles having been added to the Chromecast roaster, a lot of which are board games from Hasbro.
Just days after Google announced its latest iteration of the popular Chromecast streaming device, Amazon has made an announcement of its own; Amazon sellers are banned from selling any version of the device, or its peer, the Apple TV. The move demonstrates just how serious Amazon is about bolstering its own streaming service, but that hasn’t stopped Amazon from offering a friendly spin that seems unrelated to competition.
While this isn’t really gaming related, we might as well cover the last piece of hardware Google announced today during their event, Chromecast Audio. This is actually a pretty neat idea that allows users to turn their current speakers at home into ‘smart speakers’ basically. The whole thing works almost the same as normal Chromecast, except it is for music.
During Google’s event this morning, the company announces two new Chromecast devices. One is an improved version of the current Chromecast, complete with a new spherical design. The other is an audio version of Chromecast for speakers, which is admittedly pretty neat in itself.
In pretty much 20 minutes from now Google will be going live with their Nexus event and, of course, they will also be live streaming the entire thing for anyone who can’t actually be there. So if you are looking for where to watch the Nexus event, you can do so here or pretty much every other tech website on the internet, or YouTube as well.
The Pokemon Company has pushed out an update for their Pokemon TV app on Android. The update brings one singular change to the app, albeit a pretty big one. The Pokemon TV application now supports Google’s Chromecast.
Up until now if you wanted to buy a Nexus brand device or perhaps a Chromebook, you would have to go to the Google Play store and order it from there. Today Google has officially released a brand new storefront online dedicated to just device sales. If you try to buy a device on Google Play now, you will be redirected to the new Google Store.
The Chromecast, Google’s streaming stick, is now supporting multiple new games so that they can be played on the TV screen, specifically with your family, friends, or really anything if you use your imagination (no shame in playing Wheel of Fortune with plush toys).
For all you developers out there who want to make apps and games from Google’s Chromecast, the SDK now has support for Google Play Services. Along with this new support, a new version of Google Play Services has begun to roll out to all Android devices in general.