Despite its flaws, the $35 Google Chromecast is a great little device for the price. While it has loads of untapped potential for those of you lucky enough to have root access, many of us are quick to forget about the device’s default functionality.
Google is now perhaps hoping to remind us of the device’s functionality by highlighting Chromecast-enabled applications in the mobile Google Play Store app. Strangely, this option isn’t very visible. To view it on your device, head over to the Apps section of the Play Store. Next to Games and Editor’s Choice, you will see a new Chromecast tab. However, most devices need to be tilted to landscape mode in order to see the option.
Currently, there isn’t too much in the way of officially supported applications. So far, these include HBO Go, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music. That said, the Google Cast SDK is launching soon, so we can expect the list to grow somewhat in the near future.
Were you one of the lucky few to achieve root before the almost unavoidable OTA? Are you happy with your Chromecast and its default functionality? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!