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Minor Google+ Update Introduces Stream Casting

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A minor update (v4.5.0.72928916) showed up for the Google+ Android app last night that most would probably assume only introduced things like stability improvements and bug fixes. If you assumed that (like I did), you were wrong (maybe). Once updated, some users (including me) are seeing a Cast button for casting your G+ stream through Chromecast

The Cast functionality may or may not be server-side activated, so if you are not seeing the button after updating, give Google a few days. If you are seeing it, feel free to Cast away, Tom Hanks.

Casting your stream isn’t the most robust feature we have ever seen introduced, but it does show you a constantly rolling big-screened version of recent posts. Most don’t do much, outside of posts that contain videos. If you see a post arrive with a video embedded, you can play that video through your Chromecast.

I would imagine that the functionality here will only get better. Chromecast all the things, right?

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  • CapnShiner

    Casting my Google+ feed might be kind of cool if people actually used Google+.

  • alberteezy

    It also changed the look on the comment button for a post. The letters look a bit more bold too.

  • Jason13L

    G+ has been backing up my.. “family videos” now when they finish downloading and I would like to be able to cast them directly from there. This would be a nice next step unless this is already available.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Are those X rated “family videos?” ;)

      And yes, you could already cast these.

      • Jason13L

        The fallowing preview has been approved for all audiences. This film not yet rated.

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    All I really want out of G+ is some stream filtering capability (eg – ability to auto mute posts with certain hash tags). Seems like they’re going to offer up every feature under the sun except that one. Email clients have had this type of filtering since at least the mid-90’s, but RSS/social networking apps? Nowhere to be found.

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    My Photos app updated to include the Stories feature and built a bunch of cool looking Stories for me.

  • Ferburg

    What’s Google+?

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    I still think every app in Android should have Chromecast support. I understand this would be useless on some apps but I still think it should be a requirement.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      A requirement would be silly. This is Android After all.

  • BeHereNow8484

    I wonder if this functionality is limited by device (a la the chromecast update last month that allowed screen mirroring which still isn’t available on my M8, about which I am still, clearly, butt hurt).

    • http://bit.ly/nathanurbina Nate

      Same here.

    • JRomeo

      the only surefire way to get the newest features always, is to stick with latest Nexus devices.

  • Guest

    asdf

  • ddh819

    it autoscrolls through posts? can you make it advance, or go back?

  • irtechneo

    I really like the direction the Chromecast is heading. I probably wont have much use for this particular feature but good to see new abilities and apps coming to Chromecast.

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing