Chromecast’s Homescreen is about to get More Useful

April 9, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Chromecast, one of our favorite devices to come out in 2013. In fact it was named Gadget of the Year by many places. It’s a great little $35 HDMI dongle that works with most TV’s and allows you to stream content from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. It’s also cross-platform, meaning that iOS users can use Chromecast as well. If you were to look at the Chromecast home screen right now, there wouldn’t be much information available. Mostly just the network it’s connected to and the time. Oh and the name of your Chromecast. But that’s about it. However that’s about to change soon.

According to a reddit user who was poking around in the source code for the Chromecast home screen, it looks like we’re getting more information on the home screen soon. There are some javascript references to icons in the source code, which lead to some weather icons, basically showing you the conditions outside. Rain, snow, sleet, etc. It also looks like we’re about to get some more choices in wallpapers for the home screen, but then again how much do you actually look at the home screen on the Chromecast? I know I don’t look at it that much.

While these new features aren’t exactly amazing, it’s still nice to have on the Chromecast. Although I really like the current home screen for the Chromecast since it is a very minimal home screen, only showing information you need to know. Like the fact that it is connected, and to which network it’s connected too. As well as the time. Chromecast is due to get some new features soon, and I can’t wait to see what else Google has planned for this device in the future as well. How many of you still haven’t picked up the Chromecast? Well what are you waiting on?