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    What is Google Cast?


    Google Cast™ is a technology that lets you cast your favorite entertainment from your phone, tablet or laptop right to your TV. Easily control your TV with apps you already know and love from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or tablet, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or Chromebook.

    Endless Possibilities

    Enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows

    Access sports and news channels from around the world

    Listen to millions of songs and podcasts

    Control games with your smart phone

    Google Cast

    What is Google Cast and how does Google Cast work?


    Google Cast delivers multi-screen and audio experiences by connecting the devices you already know and love to your TV or audio device.


    Casting is as simple as pressing a button from your favorite app. Watch your favorites on the TV while switching to another app. Listen to your top tunes while taking a phone call or sending a text, all without interrupting what’s playing on the speakers.


    With Google Cast, your phone is your personalized remote control that you can use to browse, play, pause, and even make playlists.


    And you don't have to learn anything new! You can cast from Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Mac, Windows and Chromebooks to your TV or speakers.

    When I cast entertainment from my Smart device to my Google Cast TV, does it use data from my cellular data plan?


    No, it does not.


    Your mobile device simply acts as a pointer and authenticator communicating with the TV on your home network. 

    The TV is only using internet data from the network it is connected to (e.g. Wi-Fi in your home).

    How many and what type of apps support Google Cast?


    Currently, there are over 1000 apps which are Google Cast enabled and lot more are being added as the platform continues to grow.


    The Google Cast platform also supports numerous categories of apps from media and gaming to new and innovative, some categories of apps are:


    • TV & Movies
    • Music & Audio
    • News
    • Games
    • Sports
    • Photos & Video
    • Others (Productivity, Education, Weather, etc.)

    How does gaming work on the Google Cast platform?


    Google Cast is a very unique and innovative platform for gaming with a number of interesting possibilities:


    • Single player gaming
    • Multi-player gaming in your home
    • Online Multi-player gaming
    Your mobile device acts as a controller with a second screen which can be used in unique ways when playing multi-player games in your living room, such as displaying information or stats which your opponents should not see.
    The games themselves can be rendered using a couple of techniques depending on how the game developer choses to implement them:
    • The game app on your mobile device renders the game on your TV
    • If it is a cloud based game, the game can be rendered/streamed using online gaming servers or as a temporary web app running on your TV and your phone simply acts as the controller.

    How do I cast from my PC (Windows, Mac or Chrome OS)?


    To cast from your PC (Windows, Mac or Chrome OS) you need to install the latest version of the Chrome Browser and install the “Google Cast” extension from the Chrome web store. Later versions of the Chrome browser will come equipped with Google Cast built-in.

    Can I mirror the screen of my smart device to the Google Cast TV?


    Casting your Android screen is available on devices running Android 4.4.2 or higher. Casting your screen is not supported on iOS or Windows devices.

    All devices running Android 4.4.2 or higher support the Cast Screen feature, some devices have been optimized for screen casting so your experience may vary. Please be sure to not be running "Power Saving Mode" on your Android device. This can limit the processing power of your device which could affect the performance of the Cast Screen feature.
    To cast your screen from your Android device:
    1. Connect your Android device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Google Cast device.
    2. Open the Google Cast app.
    3. In the top left corner, touch the navigation drawer icon.
    4. Touch the Cast Screen button.
    5. Select your Google Cast device.

    Can I stream local media (pictures, videos or music) to my Google Cast TV?


    Yes. There are various apps available which let you cast local media stored on your mobile device or cast media stored on home network media drives and servers available on the app stores of the supported platforms.

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