Good news for users of Google's Chromecast as the app for the device is receiving an update for both iOS and Android.
For the unfamiliar, thumb-sized Chromecast is a media streaming device that can be plugged-in to your TV's HDMI port. You can use your smartphone, laptop or tablet to cast your favorite entertainment content on the TV's screen.
On Friday, May 22, the Chromecast app received an update and is now version 1.11.4116, bringing with it several tweaks and novel features.
The update brings a revamped devices view to the app, giving it a card-type interface. The devices screen now shows what backdrop is being displayed by the user at that point in time, along with the casting status.
There's also the inclusion of a new setting that aids in changing the speed of the backdrop. Users also have the option of browsing through the backdrop image history that is reflected on Chromecast via their smartphone.
The update also improves both the performance, as well as reliability of the backdrop cards. Moreover, those who have more than a single Chromecast device will be able to figure out their streaming options with more ease thanks to the improvements to the backdrop settings for multi-user, as well as multi-Chromecast. Thanks to this addition, no more accidentally hijacking the TV of your roommate!
The latest version of the Chromecast app also brings new background content users' way i.e. Street Art from Google Cultural Institute.
The complete changelog is as follows:
- Redesigned devices view, showing devices as cards with backdrop and casting status
- Added setting to change backdrop speed
- Browse through history of backdrop images recently shown on your Chromecasts
- Improved reliability and performance of backdrop cards
- Improved multi-user and multi-Chromecast backdrop settings
- New backdrop content: Street Art from Google Cultural Institute