Chromecast all but requires another smart device running (continuously) to control it. You can't control it directly.
The Amazon Fire Stick is pretty much identical to the Chromecast (but nicer), and comes with a remote control. For the intended market, the Amazon product is far superior.
The Chromecast works perfectly well with some apps (e.g. Netflix), but stutters badly on others (e.g. Hulu). I wonder how much of this is a questionable WiFi connection, and how much of it is poor software buffering design? My bet is that a hardwired connection will make Hulu performance better, but not perfect.
Once a bit of software has a known vulnerability, it should *immediately* be deleted from all repositories. Responsible developers will post a fix in a timely manner; hacks will wait weeks/months/years to update, Eventually people will move away from the badly written bits of software - because they aren't available. Problem solved.
C++ for Android is an interesting challenge, because there are multiple processor types out there.
Remember when Apple was shipping MacOS for both Intel and PPC processors? C++ programs worked just fine. There's not much in computer science that hasn't already been solved.
"I use a laptop, but I rarely do local compute on it, only cloud-based stuff; so I'm willing to spend $400+ on a device that arbitrarily limits me to ONLY doing cloud stuff, and can never do any useful local compute if I need it".
Car analogy: I only use a maximum of 63 horsepower in my daily commute, so I'm going to go out and buy a brand new car with a 63 horsepower engine.
This cycle's slate of republican canidates is so packed with FAIL is unbelievable.
So was the last cycle. Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina - without nametags it would be hard to tell them apart.
So once I did the accounting system for a car dealership..... in short:
if ((firstname == EASTER_FIRST) && (lastname == EASTER_LAST))
discount = EASTER_DISCOUNT;
and hey presto, if I bought a car there, instant 15% discount.
Bad news: It was a GM dealership. In other words.... it was *still* better to buy a Honda.
An app that you don't want, is completely useless, that consumes storage space, but is not removable - that, to me, is harmful. By that measure, 99.9% of Android phones contain harmful apps.
Just wait until one of the cannot-be-uninstalled apps comes up with a major security vulnerability. That's going to be fun to watch.