Chromecast Update to Include Android Mirroring and More
Another feature will make it easier for your friends to cast videos from their phones to Chromecast. Rather than going through the hassle of connecting to Wi-Fi, it will be possible to cast from a phone via the cellular network. Android phones (presumably running the upcoming Android “L” operating system) will automatically find a Chromecast in its proximity.
“Backdrop” is another feature that will be added to the Chromecast. When the dongle is idle, classic museum art or photos can be displayed. Of course when the screen is blank, you could turn off the TV, but Google believes you would be missing an opportunity to use your TV screen as the “biggest framed art in your house.” When you display famous paintings from the Getty and other national galleries, your phone or tablet will know what is being shown and automatically display educational information about a specific work.
In addition to museum art, you can choose from a number of photo categories—landscapes, animals, sports, etc.—or display personal photos stored in a Google Plus photo account. Once you've selected a category, images display in slideshow fashion at an interval you set
Backdrop and the other Chromecast features will be available later this summer.