Online video streaming service Spuul has released an updated version of its Android app with support for Google’s Chromecast, allowing consumers to stream Spuul content directly to their television screen. The feature is currently Android-only with support for iOS expected soon.
Note that Chromecast users could previously stream Spuul content to the television by using the tab casting feature, however it was limited to desktops only. With native support, one can now stream movies from their mobile phones or tablets. Note that Spuul had previously mentioned that mobile devices (phones & tablets) account for 80% of its total consumption.
When we checked, we noticed that the app shows a cast icon on top of each movie or television content, provided the user has plugged in their Chromecast to their television. One can tap on this icon to connect to the Chromecast and tap on ‘Watch Movie/Episode’ to start watching the content on their televisions.
However, its is currently not possible to switch to other movies while casting a specific movie through the app. Users have to disconnect the movie that is being cast before selecting another one, unlike Plex which allows users to switch the video being cast, by tapping on any other video.
The app also doesn’t remember the connection for subsequent videos, and users will have to tap on the Cast icon to stream each video. The company however tells Medianama that they are introducing a better navigation design in a week, in which once cast channel will be used for all subsequent sessions with confirmation dialogs before halting the casting video.
Google had introduced Chromecast last July, allowing users to wirelessly stream online content (videos, music, photos) from their phones, tablets and laptops to the television over WiFi. This was essentially Google’s answer to Apple’s AirPlay technology, although Chromecast has cross platform capabilities.
While streaming was initially limited to select services like YouTube, Google Play Movies and Netflix, the Chromecast app ecosystem is now slowly growing with the release of Google Cast SDK in February this year. Some of the apps which have recently added support for Chromecast include Plex, Allcast, Rdio, Vevo, ESPN and Crackle. Popular media player VLC is also adding support for Chromecast shortly.
While Google had previously failed at its connected device efforts with Google TV and Nexus Q, Chromecast seems to be gaining in popularity primarily due to its simplicity and lower costs ($35). However, it’s worth noting that Google has launched this device only in 12 countries and is yet to launch the device in India, although it is unofficially available on marketplaces like eBay India and Amazon.in. We are quite surprised as to why Google hasn’t accelerated the rollout of Chromecast yet.