The homescreen could in future emulate the MyCast app

The Chromecast homescreen could in future emulate the MyCastScreen app

Reddit user asjmcguire has spotted code in a recent Chromecast update suggesting that the standby screen which currently displays only a clock and images chosen by Google could in future be rather more useful.

The code appears to allow for future support of weather and a slideshow of user-defined photos. If Google does indeed implement this, we can see the possibility of expanding it into a complete personalized dashboard, with information pulled from your Google Calendar and Google Now feed, and perhaps user-selected news sources. Come down in the morning, switch on your TV and see at-a-glance all the info you might want to start your day … 

There is already a third-party app called MyCastScreen which offers similar functionality, but not on the homescreen.

Chromecast is rapidly growing into a complete entertainment environment, with Rhapsody and Napster having recently joined Rdio, Crackle, VduJW PlayerBT Sport, iPlayer and more  in supporting the platform.

Chromecast is now available in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Via Business Insider

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