Apr 09 AT 2:52 PM Dima Aryeh 5 Comments

Chromecast may be getting more homescreen features, possible customization

Google Chromecast

The Chomecast, despite being an awesome little device, is super basic. It has no interface to speak of, just a homescreen with a pretty photo and the time. You perform all actions on your phone, tablet, or computer, with the Chromecast just showing media and nothing else. This works out great for the device, but according to some code in the Chromecast, we may be seeing just a little more functionality come to that homescreen.


Inside the Chromecast homescreen HTML there are links to unused weather icons with descriptions for them. This hints at weather being displayed on the homescreen. Another feature found in code that lays dormant references personal photos, something that would work well with customizable backgrounds.

While these features on their own don’t sound all that exciting, Google may be planning to redesign the Chromecast home screen with some serious features. Weather and other info can be displayed much like Google Now on your TV, which would be pretty awesome. Best of all, it wouldn’t take away from the simplicity of the Chromecast. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see because nothing has been announced yet. What do you think of some extra homescreen features?

Via: Droid-Life

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • txbluesman

    Love Chromecast! It just keeps getting better and better. Any new additions for a few more features would not hurt a bit.

  • Daniel Dean

    Would love Chromecast to have MLB.TV built into it.

  • MitchRapp81

    Honestly, the Chromecast is pretty cool, and I bought one for everyone I know, but I am super super disappointed you can’t just stream your content on it… people get excited when an app says it can stream “local content” to chromecast, until they realize “local” means on your phone/tablet … not on your home network… I still use an HTPC with XBMC :(

    • jimjames

      Plex app for local streaming

  • donger