Google appears to be preparing a significant update to its Chromecast app, which should make it a lot easier for users of the device to find content they might want to check out – across apps.
Right now, the Chromecast app itself doesn’t do a whole lot beyond connecting your phone or tablet to the device, enabling you to watch content from apps on TV. It lets you cast your phone’s screen and discover apps through the Play Store, but most of the time, there’s not a ton of reason for users to open it up.
It looks like that’s about to change according to a report from 9to5Google, which has obtained screenshots of a new version of the app Google has yet to push out. There’s an event scheduled for later this month where the company is expected to make some Chromecast-related announcements, so the update will likely go live then.
Based on the report, the Chromecast app is about to offer something a TV guide-like feature.
Based on the documents we’ve obtained, the app has at least a few notable additions over the current version (which is definitely very bare-bones in terms of features). First, there appears to be a section referred to as “What’s On,” which allows you to browse content offered through various Chromecast-supported apps. At least based on the screenshots and documents we’ve seen, the app will show you different movies, videos, and other content from within the apps you have installed on your device.
UntitledOn top of suggesting actual content, the app also seems to have a screen that shows you which Chromecast apps you have installed and suggests Chromecast-supported apps available on the Play Store. The current version of the app also has a “Discover apps,” tab, but it redirects to a page within the Play Store app. The new app seems to serve as more of an intelligent hub to all the Chromecast-castable content found within your apps.
At the upcoming event, according to Google is expected to announce a new Chromecast device as well as Spotify support. Users could already use the device to cast the Spotify web player, but it will be nice to have the support directly from the app.
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