Will Verduzco · Aug 12, 2014 at 01:00 pm

Google+ Update Brings Chromecast Support; Chrome Beta, Search, YouTube Get Minor Updates

We’re one day shy of Google’s traditional Update Wednesday, but despite this, the first party app updates for the week have already started rolling in. So far, we have a rather substantial update to the Google+ app, as well as minor incremental updates to Chrome beta, Search, and YouTube. And like always, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs for your sideloading pleasure.

First off, we have the most significant update, Google+. Today’s update brings us to version 4.5.0.72928916 (up from 4.4.1.68642489 just over two months ago). As you would expect in a jump from 4.4 to 4.5, today’s update packs quite a bit of new functionality. Most notably, today’s update brings the ability to cast a feed of your circles’ photos, videos, and more directly to your TV using the Google Chromecast. This playback feed can then be controlled (paused, advanced, returned) by the client app on your phone or tablet. The ability to Cast your Stream seems to be account based, so not everyone who updates to 4.5 will have the option. But since the APK is now rolling out via the Play Store, we can’t imagine that it’ll be too long before all accounts have the ability to do so.

In addition to the massive Google+ update, we have some relatively minor updates to Chrome Beta, Google Search, and the YouTube app. These bring the apps up to Chrome Beta 37.0.2062.71, YouTube 5.9.0.12, and Search 3.6.14.1337016 (ARM only). Chrome Beta’s update brings a small menu animation tweak and address bar completion arrows, and the YouTube update appears to have solved an issue when used in conjunction with certain GAPPs packages. Search just appears to be simple bugfix updates based on version number changes and lack of user-facing feature changes, but as always, any new update is better than none.

As always, these updates are gradually making their way out to consumer devices via Google Play Store. But of course, not every device will get the updates in the initial wave. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the updates on our Google Drive account for your early access, sideloading pleasure:

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the tip, APKs, and info on what’s changed!]


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ITaaS – Identity Theft as a Service with FileThis

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Do You Prefer Physical or on Screen Buttons?

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