When I first started my Chromecast community in July 2013 I would have never guessed that it would grow as quickly as it has. In less than one year over 25,000 members have joined. If you would like to advertise in the community or on this resource please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of this resource is to highlight the most popular apps and updates voted on by Chromecast users. The only Google Plus linked posts on this resource will have a combined total of +1s and comments which exceed 25. This number will adjust as the community continues to grow. This will allow users to scroll through and see the most popular discussions, updates and apps that have been released into the wild. To find out What Apps Are Available for Chromecast click the link. Without further ado.
Discussions and Updates
This is an extremely valuable resource that has been updated consistently by James Mosvick. If you have any questions about the Chromecast he is the guy to go to. Here is his extensive resource:
James is very active in the Chromecast community and I am thankful for all he does to moderate and update with the latest apps and information related to the Google TV gadget device.
Chromecast Out of Stock Tags
This one is classic. Great find by Trever Gryffyn. A picture is worth a thousand words. Check it out here.
Apple iOS App that Casts Videos Flawlessly
This post by Albert Vos shows an Apple iOS app that casts video flawlessly to Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone and the iPad. There is a very interesting discussion so check it out here:
Cannot Get Movies to Cast on My Phone
Once of the great things about Chromecast is it is a Google product that works across all Google devices. This post by Matt Stabe helps to troubleshoot some of the issues you may have with casting to your phone:
The Allcast chromecast extension seems to be the way to go. Some mentioned Avia, but Matt pointed out that Avia did not work. Also note that the movies purchased were from the Google Play Store. I would strongly suggest using Google Play downloads when trying to cast to any device such as a TV or smartphone.
Popcorn Time Chromecast Support
With more and more Chromecast users wanted to cast movies to their smartphone, tablet and TV this was a huge update. Check out the Popcorn Time update announcing Chromecast Support:
This is one of the few reshares in the Chromecast community that went viral. The original post was shared in the Chromecast Brasil community which had only 880 members at the time. Luckily, the post made its way to the larger Chromecast community.
HDMI Port Causes TV to Flicker Then Goes Black
This was a great troubleshooting post by Omar Mian. He stated that he purchased a Chromecast, plugged it into his HDMI port and it caused his TV to flicker a few times and then it went black. For the full discussion go here:
Some of the Chromecast community members felt as if it were a wifi issue but Omar confirmed this was not the case. There are several great links to Google support that should help you if this is an issue you have been having with your Chromecast.
Waiting for 4OD, Five On Demand and ITV Player Apps
This was a spectacular post by Anthony Ridley discussing the apps he is most looking forward to. The “free to air” UK on demand services are very popular and many are hoping they come to Chromecast sooner rather than later. Here is the discussion:
Some of the other popular apps mentioned were Spotify, NFL, WWE Network and Sworkit PRO.
In Love Picture
This one was simply and short by Victor Armando Cortiñas Montilla as he simply stated he was in love.
Interestingly, the post received 75 +1s. It is obvious the Chromecast community loves their Chromecast.
My Cloud Player for Soundcloud Gets Chromecast Support
It is hard to argue that Soundcloud is one of the most popular music websites on the Internet. The great news is that My Cloud Player for Soundcloud now has Chromecast support. Here is the entire announcement post:
At this point I am a little suspicious of this site but there are step by step instructions as to how to stream or cast music from Soundcloud. Please comment below if you have used this method and it works correctly.
Poor Wifi Signal, What to Do
Having a poor wifi signal is my biggest pet peeve. In this post by Gunther Furlong the Chromecast Community comes up with ideas to use a Chromecast even with a poor wifi signal:
There were some amazing ideas in this post but I think the conclusion was to get a stronger wifi signal or tether. Coming from experience, I know there is nothing worse than trying to use the Internet when a wifi signal is weak.
Casting the World Cup From a Nexus 5
I am one of the biggest sports fans there is so this post makes me smile. Tyler Ahlfeldt shared a photo of casting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil from his Nexus 5. Check out it!
Unfortunately, the United States ended up going on to lose that game to Belgium but many Chromecast owners were able to cast from their Android smartphones.
Chromecast Usage Up – Google I/O 2014
For any critics out there, Google is giving you the stats to tell you that Chromecast is more popular than ever. There is a great article by GigOM about this exact topic. Here is the chart:
Here is the article by GigaOM. It will be interesting to see this chart as we head into the Christmas shopping season of 2014. I would imagine usage will continue to increase. Only time will tell.