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Chromecast Update Finally Adds Custom Photo Backdrops

by Jacob Kleinman | October 9, 2014October 9, 2014 11:00 pm PST

Google is finally rolling out custom photo screen savers for Chromecast. The company first promised the new feature during its I/O developer conference back in June. With custom backdrops you can show your own photos on your TV when the screen is idle or pull images from a variety of other sources.

The basic experience is very similar to how Chromecast already works, but instead of letting Google pick which photos to show you can use your own Google+ albums. You’ll also have access to Google Earth satellite images, photo journalism from The New York TimesThe Guardian and other news outlets, and famous pieces of art. You can also get more info on a particular photo when it shows up by launching the Google app and asking, “What’s on my Chromecast?”

To get started, just boot up the Chromecast app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Open the left menu and tap “Backdrop” to find a new list of options and topics to choose from. The update is rolling out now, but it could be a day or two before you can use it on your own TV.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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