The Google Chromecast team has been rather busy in the past few days. Just yesterday, we wrote about how the Chromecast had received an OTA update to build 14651, bringing support for the new Chromecast V2 API, as well as a revised home screen and the groundwork for the forthcoming Android-to-Chromecast display mirroring. And just one day earlier, we covered how support was added for ten new apps, including a couple that deliver local content to Google’s frugal media streamer.
Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. While you’ve always been able to cast content from the official Android apps for Google Play Music and Movies, there was never support for casting from the webapps until today’s update. This addition now brings Google Play Music and Movies in line with the functionality we’ve already seen in Google’s own YouTube webapp, as well as the third-party Netflix app at the device’s launch.
Personally, I can’t even begin to understand why this wasn’t implemented at device launch. In fact, when I first heard the news, I had to double check to make sure I hadn’t misread something. But, I guess it’s better late than never. And for those living in the Google Play ecosystem, this is definitely a good move.
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