Google pushed a design-focused update to the Google Plus app last week, but there was a hidden treat inside – support for casting to the Chromecast.
The feature is quite simple – there is a new casting icon on the right-hand side of the circle selector dropdown. Clicking on it will launch a brief wizard, and after setup, you can begin flipping through your circle’s posts on your TV, either manually or automatically. Images are displayed full screen, with text at the top, and controls for navigating the stream at the bottom.
Chromecast support appears to be enabled on a per-user basis from Google’s servers. In other words, you may not see the new feature yet, even if you’re running the latest version. To try out your luck, get the latest version of the Google Plus app from Gapps Early.
The addition of a cast button to Google Plus isn’t a surprise – back in January, assets spotted in the app suggested Chromecast support was in the pipeline, though for unknown reasons, Google took its sweet time enabling the feature.
Google Plus is the latest addition to an already rich catalog of Chromecast-enabled apps. The ecosystem expanded dramatically after Google released the Chromecast SDK in February, and with new features and capabilities coming to the HDMI dongle, it doesn’t look to be slowing down soon.