Google’s Chromecast device has just received a major quality of life update that could make it the perfect Black Friday streaming stick purchase. The update allows you to install Android TV apps from your phone, saving you the need to visit the Google Play Store on your TV.
As reported by Tom’s Guide, the new Chromecast feature is currently rolling out to devices worldwide. You know you have the update if you go to the Google Play Store on your phone, tap an app, and spot a small arrow next to the “Install” button. This presents a drop-down menu where you can choose to install the app on your Chromecast or Android TV device.
You will only see these extra options if the app you see is actually compatible with a Chromecast streaming device, so the feature does not work for absolutely everything in the store. However, it should be usable for most streaming apps, like Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video and more.
It seems like such a simple update that we are surprised that it has taken so long for Google to allow the installation of Android TV compatible apps via a mobile device. Users have been able to do this from the browser version of Google Play Store on PC for some time now, but the mobile always seemed like a better fit for the option.
A small downside that users of Android TV subreddit have noticed is that it is currently not possible to push or send apps to other mobile devices with the update. At this time, it seems that only Android TV compatible devices and Chromecast streaming sticks are supported.
Meaning: Chromecast gets even better with this update
It sounds like such a simple, niche thing, but the ability to push apps to your Chromecast device from your phone is a truly ingenious update to quality of life. Users will simply be able to access the Google Play Store right away, provided they have an Android phone like the ingenious Samsung Galaxy S21 or Google Pixel 6.
From there, downloading apps for Android TV is as simple as selecting your device from the installation drop-down list. This will save users a lot of time because they no longer need to access the store on Android TV. And let’s face it, navigating with your phone is objectively better than a clumsy remote control for the TV, even the one that comes with Chromecast with Google TV.
It’s already one of the best streaming devices you can buy, but this new Android TV feature gives Chromecast a solid advantage over competing sticks like the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite, and it’s definitely worth shopping for during Black Friday. and Cyber Monday deals like Chromecast have to see some big price drops now that it’s been out for a while.