Google’s new Chromecast device features entirely overhauled hardware, but its most useful aspect might end up being a set of software tweaks that make it easier to find out what’s actually on.
Chromecast’s terrific for throwing content from your phone, tablet, or computer to your television, but it requires purposeful streaming, hunting down what you want before you fling it. A forthcoming update to the Chromecast app, though, will include a What’s On view that shows you content from a variety of Chromecast-enabled apps on your phone that you might find of interest. The effect is a sort of visual TV Guide, designed to cut through the essentially infinite sea of streaming content your devices can tap into, whether it’s Netflix, Hulu, or WatchESPN. You’ll also be able to discover Chromecast-friendly apps more easily, thanks to a redesigned, simplified view of compatible downloads. Other tweaks, like intelligent playlist management and content prediction, should help dig a deeper well from which to pull.
The net result is to take out whatever friction there was to the Chromecast process, for a simpler sit back and browse experience. The update should roll out soon.