Google announced a new feature for Chromecast this morning, called Backdrop. With Backdrop, users can finally customize the art displayed on their TVs through a Chromecast dongle. Items from your Google+ albums, the Google Cultural Institute, satellite pictures, and more can be streamed when you aren’t watching videos.
Here are the items that you can customize your TV screen with:
- Your favorite photo albums from Google+
- Amazing artwork from galleries and museums around the world via the Google Cultural Institute
- News and lifestyle images from The New York Times, The Guardian, Saveur and more (U.S. only)
- Satellite imagery of some of the hardest-to-reach places on Earth from Google Maps
- and even more beautiful photos from the Google+ community
In order to access Backdrop, you will need the latest version of the Chromecast app on Android or iOS, which is rolling out starting today. Once installed, you can swipe out the left-side menu, find the option for “Backdrop,” and then begin selecting the sources for your photos.