The latest update for Google+ brings a pretty interesting feature to the app. And that’s the ability to cast your stream to your TV using Chromecast. I’m not sure how many people would use this, but it’s great to see it there now. You can use the auto-play feature to go through your stream, of flip through posts yourself. The UI looks the same as it would on your phone, except for the Android controls are gone. That includes the status bar and navigation bar. However, it does appear that Chromecast doesn’t support animated GIFs, at least not yet. I’m sure we’ll see that support make it’s way into the app pretty soon.
Android Police points out that it appears that the switch is on the server side. Meaning that Google will push the update out to you when they feel like it. And anyone running Google+ v4.5 or higher should get the ability to cast soon. For those of you that aren’t on v4.5 just yet, we’ve got the APK download below.
If you still need the v4.5 update for Google+, download it from the link below. Now you’ll want to ensure that “Unknown Sources” are checked in the Settings > Security. Now just open the APK file and it should begin to install the app on your device, upgrading the existing Google+ app. It’s very simple, but it might be confusing for those that have never had to sideload an update or an app before. If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
How many of you are excited to cast your Google+ stream to your TV? How often would you use it? Or would you just use it to show it off to your friends? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below.
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