Google Chromecast users can now use their TV remote to control content being played via the Big G’s HDMI dongle. Head over the jump to read all about this much needed ability, which sure took its time to head out to users.
Chromecast is by far one of the cheapest way through which users can turn their ordinary HDTV into a slightly smarter one, as the device gains the ability to stream videos and other content from the Internet, or your phone or PC. While the setup is quick, and streaming content has always been hassle-free, it was the controlling part that was a bit frustrating at times, with users required to control playback through their computer or by digging into their smartphone, even for functions as basic as ‘Play’ and ‘Pause.’
Well, Google has just rolled out that much needed update for its streaming stick, and where the software revision could have brought in a bunch of other new controls, at the very least, users now have the ability to play or pause videos or music using their TV’s remote control. Google’s streaming stick has always used the HDMI-CEC standard, which happens to be an extension of the HDMI protocol that can manage controlling commands between your TV and any attached device, and the new controls owe their existence to that tech in particular. The use has been long present though, with Chromecast being able to turn on your TV and even switch inputs as well.
The new firmware update carries the version number 27946, and there have been mixed results so far, with reports of this function being unavailable for the Netflix streaming service. However, services like YouTube, WatchESPN, HBO, Go, AllCast, iPlayer, TuneIn, Plex and some other ones have been reported to work flawlessly as intended with the new update.
The update may feel small for some users, but imagine yourself in a situation where a call comes through on your smartphone and you would wish to have some way of pausing your content being played on your TV. The resulting feelings could be well deep into the realm of frustration, so this update helps remove just that.
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