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It's been a long time coming, but users of Pandora who are also owners of the Google Chromecast can breathe a sigh of relief. Pandora recently updated their Android app and it is now compatible with the Chromecast. This little addition was on top of its new tablet user interface. Now you can stream your favorite custom Pandora channels straight to your TV system with the Chromecast.
With Pandora on the Chromecast, who needs the digital audio stations on their cable TV anymore?
If you haven't tried Pandora for Android, here's the Google Play Store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pandora.android
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Here's an intriguing bit of intel this morning. We have a new report suggesting that Google's next OS, Android 4.4/KitKat could be designed as a bridge to facilitate Android TV and that will be its primary new focus. Not too long ago we reported that Google plans to close down Google TV and reinvent it as Android TV. This new report seems to confirm that and also shines a light on how Google plans to introduce it.
According to these rumors, the main enhancements we will see in KitKat will be geared toward Android TV. Here's a quote with more of the details,
According to a new report from late last night, sources from an undisclosed electronics manufacturer shared that Google is planning to close down GoogleTV. However, they aren't killing it, rather, they plan to merge it with Android and rebrand it as AndroidTV. The intel even points out the process has already begun. Several of Google's channel partners on GoogleTV have recently released devices which are technically GoogleTV devices, but they are not calling them GoogleTV.
One example is Sony's newest BraviaTV device. Jamie Marsh, TV marketing manager for Sony Electronics, said the BraviaTV brings the full power of Google services to your TV. That's not all. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Just yesterday we found evidence that Amazon was offering some limited international shipping of the Google Chromecast even though Google is currently selling the device outside of the US. Shortly after our story broke, users began to find that ordering had dried up. Here's a follow-up to that, showing that Amazon has indeed shut-down the ability to get the Chromecast shipped anywhere outside the United States.
It looks like there was a brief window in which it was possible to get it, but somewhere in the timeline, someone intervened and shut it down. Amazon has indicated they will honor the existing orders, but no new ones are available, as you can see in the screenshot above. Sorry for any false hope/excitement this caused.
Google's Chromecast only had one real negative when it was launched. That was that it was only available in the United States. Google still hasn't begun offering the nifty little device in international markets just yet, but we are using the past tense because Amazon has come to the rescue. That's right, you can now order the Google Chromecast through Amazon and they will ship to international markets.
Here's a link to Amazon to order yours: Amazon.com: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player: Electronics
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