Chromecast is a digital media player and a microconsole
developed by Google. This device for a change is not a set top box but
it is a 2.83 inches HDMI Dongle which plays audio/video content on an HD
television or any other HD display which can be directly streamed by a
wireless connection. Users choose the media to play utilizing mobile
apps and web apps that support Chrome Cast Technology.
Chromecast celebrates its first birthday in July 2014
and if we look back, it had definitely a great and successful one year.
This small, affordable HDMI stick and its method of streaming all your
favorite shows, music and games are so effortless that you can enjoy it
Chromecast has been quite famous among the people who
are using it. Those who still have to decide about it must have a lot of
question regarding this tiny HDMI dongle. We have tried to cover all
the queries regarding the same.
How does this device work?
Using apps from your mobile device and computer, you actually hands off or cast to Chromecast. Applying the information it gets about what you wish to watch, the Chromecast
searches all the materials on the internet and streams it directly to
your TV. This way your phone or tablet's resources aren't gobbled up
with streaming tasks and you can save your battery life in a simpler
way. Your Mobile and device your computer will be the remote control for
Which devices work with Chromecast?
Chromecast can run on all the Android phones, tablets,
iPhones, iPads and Chrome for Windows and Mac. Blackberry and Windows
phones have hard luck when It comes to Chromecast. But
recently, a brand new app called Tube Cast was created which provides
some limited Youtube Functionality on Windows Phones over Chromecast.
Google opened it's Software Development Kit, which provides developers a path to handle “Second screen interactions” and making their apps Chromecastenabled. Everything you love is now on your TV that is what you can say when we talk about Chromecast.
It works with an increasing number of apps including some famous ones
such as Netflix, HBO GO, Youtube, WatchESPN, Hulu plus and much more.
You can also mirror your own Android phone or tablet to the attached TV
and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies. If you are working on your
laptop, you can cast any website in Chrome. This is as simple as that.
Using Chromecast has become very easy that you can use it with the devices you already have including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Chromecast
gets updated automatically and adds the apps which are newly introduced
by Google. So you don't have to worry at all just sit back and enjoy
together with your friends and Family.
We at Nadcab Technology devote our whole expertise to our client
needs. If your need is to build the most creative and unique Chromecast
App than we are the best solution for you. Our developers can serve you
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resources. Contact us to create something best in class.
Chromecast and React Native
Chromecast is one of the most well-known and used entertainment
devices today: over 36 million people in the US alone use it. It grants
easy access to entertainment as just by plugging in a small device you
can enjoy streaming content and games on any TV or monitor that has an
HDMI port. You can use Chromecast from your smartphone, tablet, React
Native App or even from your laptop or PC using the Google Chrome
If you are thinking about, or already are, developing an application
that focuses on streaming video and/or music content, the possibility of
including support for Chromecast within your application will certainly
be crucial if you want your app to grow and offer users the best
The React Native Library
In order to include Chromecast, we recommend using
react-native-google-cast, a React Native library that allows you to
easily integrate and provide your app with the streaming features that
Chromecast includes and that also works for both mobile platforms,
Android and iOS.
The library is based on a wrapper or trimmed version of the official
SDK that Google provides for the use of your device. It includes a
casting button, which is only rendered and shown if a Chromecast device
is available on the phone connected network. When pressed, the button
displays a list of the available devices and then the connection is
ready to send content to the selected device. Once connected, the icon
will be shown in color to indicate this. Moreover, it also has an
introductory Overlay that highlights the Cast button for new users when
they are near a Chromecast device for the first time. The native
framework ensures that the user is only shown this once the first time
the application is opened.
To be able to take control of the streaming, the library also offers
expanded media control, which consists of a full-screen panel with the
necessary controls to manage the streaming, such as a play/pause button,
volume control and connection with the Chromecast device, as well as
letting you see the cover image, title and subtitle of the content that
is currently being played.
The library also owns and supports three types of events: session
events, casting events and channel events. Let’s take a look a closer
look at them.
Session events are based specifically on the connection-type
communication between the device and the application, such as connection
established, connection failed, trying to reconnect and others.
Media events refer to reproduction-type events, where you can find
and cache states such as media started, media ended and media progress
These are a specific type of events to exchange messages between the
sender device—which is the one that owns the app—and a receiver
device—i.e. the Chromecast device. This allows several Chromecast
devices to subscribe to the same reception channel making the connection
The library also offers the possibility of linking the playback
controls to certain actions, as it provides methods such as
GoogleCast.play(), GoogleCast.pause(), GoogleCast.setVolume(volume),
GoogleCast.stop () and many more.
You can see the complete list and other documentation in this link.
Below, you’ll be able to see a more visual step-by-step guide of the installation and setup process for both iOS and Android.
As we’ve said, if you plan to develop a React Native app
meant to play any type of video or audio content, adding Chromecast
will open the door to a lot more possibilities and users and is
something you should definitely consider. We hope this tutorial was
helpful and you can take advantage of this and many other tools the
React Native community has to offer.