Hello Moto

Motorola's online store offering Chromecast devices, so when do we see the Moto X at Google Play?

Motorola wants you to believe that they have no plans to become Google. Acting as a separate company, releasing their own devices with their own take on what Android means to them, they are seemingly a distinct entity of their very own.

Then they put the Chromecast up for sale on their website.

There's noting wrong with this, but it's not like the Chromecast is hard to find any longer You can buy one from retailers like Best Buy, or online from Amazon, and of course at Google Play. And now you can also send $35 to Motorola to get one.

It's worth the $35, and when the SDK finally goes public (we're waiting) we know some great stuff can be done. If you don't have one or more yet, tell someone to buy you one for the coming holidays. You'll probably find it's a neat little gadget.

We're just surprised to see it pop up at Motorola's store.

Source: Motorola (A Google Company). Thanks, Derek!

 
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hmmm says:

I'll get one the day it can stream local media without any hacking.

P1X3L says:

That would have been launch day... drag a video into a chrome tab and cast away.

jdevenberg says:

This

And how do I do that on my phone you say? And no I don't have a laptop to just pull my media off of my phone and do that.

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Casey DC says:

Can you do this from Chrome mobile browser?

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Casey DC says:

Can you do this from Chrome mobile browser?

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Casey DC says:

Can you do this from Chrome mobile browser?

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Casey DC says:

Can you do this from Chrome mobile browser?

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MrBucket85 says:

No. Not yet, at least.

return_0 says:

Asking once was enough :)

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hmmm says:

I meant from my phone.

jonathan3579 says:

Ugh, I'm so tired of telling people this but it 100% can stream local content from your PC in the latest Chrome Beta.

Ugh then don't tell people that anymore. Besides, how do you know people only want to stream local media from their laptop? Or even have a laptop to do that with?

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jonathan3579 says:

Well, people whine about the device and what it can't do but don't praise what it can do. Obviously it'll open up more as time goes by...

Very true. But if people want to complain about it, let them. I think it's a solid device for what it's worth at the moment. And it'll definitely only get better.

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worknman says:

Right, because the things it can't do makes it virtually USELESS for a lot of us.

MrBucket85 says:

What would you stream from your phone if you could? Do you want this more for content you've created or content you've acquired?

Music. Plain and simple. At least that. You cannot stream any local music that wasn't purchased from the play store. Any video you take from your phone would be nice to steam with something as easy as chromecast.

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jonathan3579 says:

You want to stream music from your phone to your TV? Hahaha okay buddy... Keep up your whining and maybe Google will hear you.

webby_s#AC says:

And does it need to be said, Home theater surround sound systems that can be controlled by the phone without a TV.

You do realize it's comments and posts like this that Google can use to help determine what people want. This "whining" you speak of is how people speak up for what they want. It's people like you who have no faith and don't give a rats ass. You aren't helping anyone here and neither are the two other replies. Don't insult my intelligence over some petty shit. Its real immature.

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jonathan3579 says:

You've got several alternatives below this comment. Take them or leave them.

and why not just upload that music to Google Play. you get 20,000 song free storage. I am not sure if you heard of this service called youtube that can host videos but that might be an option.

MrBucket85 says:

If you want to stream music from a Chromecast that you purchased outside the Google Play Store just upload it to your Google Music account. It takes less battery and processing power to tell the Chromecast to play music than to broadcast it from your phone to something like a DLNA device.

If you want to play video on Chromecast you've taken on your phone just upload it to your YouTube channel and keep it private. If you do that you're only sending it once and then you're able to stream it back from anywhere.

If you want to avoid having it online for one reason or another and only stream directly from your phone or tablet look into buying something that uses Miracast - but then you're looking at spending $50+ and functionality that's limited in a different way.

Thank you for actually writing a productive response. I'll try the upload to Google music. As far as YouTube, I'd rather not have them up there. But thanks.

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ultravisitor says:

So you would rather kill your phone's battery than upload your music to the cloud and stream from there for free and not kill your phone's battery. Got it.

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I'm not worried about my battery life. I've got a charger sitting right next to me. I'm not bringing my TV on the train with me and using it there. Got it?

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Nice burn!

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jonathan3579 says:

These tittie babies, man.

hmmm says:

I use my phone and tablet at home. I do not use a laptop or PC. You keep trying to find flaw with how people want to use the Chromecast but the simple fact is it cannot stream local content from an Android phone or tablet which means it is of limited use to some people. Quit being such a fucking fanboy.

jonathan3579 says:

Lol, oh so you're a whiner too. How about you and anyone else who's got a problem with the device make something that caters to your needs because obviously big bad Google neglected your wants. :'(

Impulses says:

You do realize you're the only one whining right? About a so called slight at a $35 product... He has a legitimate complaint/request, one that may very well be addressed by devs after the SDK, but until then...

Are there alternatives? Sure, uploading content and Miracast boxes are two such alternatives... I take advantage of both. Miracast has it's own set of tradeoffs though, and uploading something you just captured (photos/video) or bought at Amazon's music store just to cast it over Chromecast isn't very elegant.

The Chromecast has the potential to be the ultimate portable streaming solution that can replace Slimport/MHL for good, while being cheaper and less complex than Miracast... Why would you be against this?

Right now it's a glorified Roku/stream box for less money, with some minor app support. It's basically an alternative to other streaming boxes if you use Google Play services more than Amazon Instant Video and the multitude of other streaming services the other boxes support.

It doesn't get blasted because it's cheap, and because the potential to be so much more is evident... That SDK sure is taking it's sweet time though.

Ry says:

..makes me wonder if the Moto G will get a slot in the Play Store alongside Motorola.com. ;)

This may not sound great to a lot of you but I would love a new Motorola tablet with the Moto X features, and yes that was totally OT, my apologies lol

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Impulses says:

I'll +1 that, I've been saying the same lately. Totally happy with my Nexus 7 2013 mind you, but I'd willingly pay up to $100 more for an 8" Moto tablet with extra features and whatnot. There's a good niche to explore between 7" &10" and between the most economic Nexus tier ($200-ish) and the $400 larger/premium tablets...

Darth Spock says:

Does moto make the hardware?

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gamefreak715 says:

Probably just trying to tout it as an accessory. Just wish they'd have 1st party accessories, most of the vzw and Griffin stuff doesn't suit me.

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leif1981 says:

Still waiting for the international launch and the release of the sdk.

dtraini30 says:

Do we know who actually makes the Chromecast? Could it be Motorola?

smwinn7 says:

sounds like the perfect thing to pair with a Moto G $235 for a phone and a chromecast...............Sold!

once i can actually buy a Moto G that is

brendilon says:

Motorola really is putting out some tempting devices these days.

How come motorola's flagship phone doesn't have a quad core processor ?

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still1 says:

they do have one

-_-

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return_0 says:

How come my computer's dual-core i5 is more powerful than my phone's quad-core S4 Pro? Because cores don't necessarily matter. :)

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bleached says:

It has four cores, just a few of them are dedicated to specific tasks...

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alexguitar84 says:

So when can I order a wooden chromecast?

Hunter Petit says:

Lol

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Zig261 says:

And people say Google and Motorola are treated as seperate companies? HA.

It's quite obvious that's just an image front to the other OEMs to keep them out of Google's way of giving Moto secrets and resources.

scottyhifi says:

I'm not sure how Moto selling an already available Android accessory proves anything about how the 2 companies are run.

ki11ak3nn says:

So what's the point of having a Chromecast when you have a Roku box?? I need to know. If it's major I'll just give my Roku to my parents and get a Chromecast at Best Buy.

MrBucket85 says:

Does the Roku play content from Google Play or YouTube? If not I think I found your answer. I use it to stream Google All Access to a receiver and it would be especially nice for parties (now I just need to throw one).

The big omission from the Chromecast (for me at least) is Amazon Instant Video. My Chromecast has mostly replaced my Xbox 360 for content other than games - just not for Amazon Instant Video content.

jparker71 says:

I bought one but it couldn't replace my Roku. I ended up putting the Chromecast in my sons room because they watch more YouTube than I do.

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bleached says:

Having a more elegant way to play media on your TV. Controlling an onscreen ui with a remote is kinda cumbersome. If it wasn't so limited, the chromecast would be awesome.

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xamadeix says:

Whats the point when you have an xbox360/One?..

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Hiberny says:

You probably won't get enough use out of it to justify the purchase, but for those of us without consoles it's a no brainer.

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brendilon says:

Yup. $35 streaming device or $200+ gaming device... I'll take the former.

return_0 says:

Or $500 in the case of the Xbox One.

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qwick says:

Exactly, and don't you have to pay for xbox live gold still to watch netflix on your xbox??

MarkSeven says:

U sure do..

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brendilon says:

Do you have more than one television in the house? If so, that makes the Chromecast a big factor.

xamadeix says:

I have 3 tvs. 3 xboxs lol.

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eahinrichsen says:

If you have an Xbox, then the only thing a Chromecast has to offer is portability.

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DirkBelig says:

And not having to power on a hot noisy console and pay M$ $60 per year toll to access Netflix. [roll eyes]

Chromecast is useless compared to a $50 Roku 2 XS. Chromecast supports about 5 things, 3 of which are Google Play.

Note: I have an Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Chromecast. The PS3 is my go-to multimedia device because I don't have to pay for Gold. I'm only using Chromecast to watch YouTube; that's how lame it is right now. They should've lined up more content before they started selling it.

edk49 says:

Lined up more content? You've seen every movie and TV show available in the Play Store? That's impressive. You've also watched every movie and TV show available on Netflix? Impressive. Chromecasts are ingenious little devices to control all that content from phone/tablet to TV.

brendilon says:

And being $200+ less. And not having to shovel money at Microsoft. Or having a camera hooked up in your home.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

brendilon says:

Also, multiple person queuing is kind of cool.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

tx_tuff says:

Can you watch bootleg UFC pay per view with the XBox? You can on your browser, which means you can send it to your TV with the Chromecast. Use it once like that and it's more than paid for itself.

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tomh1979 says:

Best $35 I spent recently, will be purchasing another.

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brendilon says:

Agreed. Though I only have one TV, so I don't need another.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

Deeco says:

All well and good, but when the f*ck you gonna release it to the UK ffs?

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