One more app that took part in Update Wednesday yesterday is the official Chromecast app, which helps users set up their new Chromecasts to work with their phone or tablet. The app got bumped from 1.3.10 to 1.5.3 and while Google has published its own short change log, we of course couldn't resist doing a quick teardown to see if there were any other goodies. First though, here's what Google says is new.

What's New
- App available in over 50 languages.
- Improved support for Samsung devices.
- Additional Chromecast settings and bug fixes.

There are some more interesting tidbits hiding inside the APK, though. First up is TV offers. It's unclear right now how the offers will function (assuming they make it into the app at all), but the strings suggest that users will be able to check for offers themselves or show available offers.

<string name="toast_offers_tv">Check your TV for offers</string>
<string name="menu_offers">Show offers</string>

Additionally, there are separate strings for 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. Chromecast doesn't seem to support 5GHz yet, but perhaps it will soon.

<string name="wifi_24ghz">2.4 GHz</string>
<string name="wifi_5ghz">5 GHz</string>

There's also a new string for Chromecast's time format, and "Help" and "Feedback" options have relocated to the slide-out navigation bar, fitting with a recent UI trend in Google's apps.


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  • http://si97.com/ Saif

    What's with the location permission and this? https://twitter.com/PaulOBrien/status/444241279485227008

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Chromecast is expected to roll out to new countries soon, so the location permission may be related to detecting where the Chromecast is being used and matching that to the device's country code. Just a guess.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        But what for? Correct ads? Shows that air in a particular country? Warranty returning?

        • Imparus

          Probably for showing the right languish and follow each country media restrictions.

  • renegad3

    most likely due to it being released internationally shortly.
    Content will be restricted by location.

  • RoyD77

    Couldn't TV offers mean TV ads? Makes the most sense, like a Kindle with special offers means one with built-in ads.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      It is definitely possible that that's what it means. Offers in Maps are still essentially ad content, and when I saw those strings my first thought was offers similar to those in Maps but geared toward TV content.

  • https://abrah.am/ Abraham Williams

    I'll have to double check but yesterday I noticed my Chromecast is connected to the work wifi that I"m pretty certain is 5 GHz.

    • vwbeetlvr

      I just checked mine. The first screen shows chromecast on "5ghz network", which is the network my phone is connected to, but the next screen shows the chromecast is connected to the 2.4ghz network.

      • omarsalmin

        I was 99% certain my Chromecast was connected to my 5Ghz network until now.

  • Rovindra Singh

    Is anyone else having an issue with the subtitles/captions when chromecasting a movie on their TV? I'm seeing considerable lag to the point where the captions are not only coming up late but entire lines are being skipped in order to catch up with the movie that's playing, it's so frustrating!

  • Roh_Mish

    If I am correct, chromecast has hardware limitation of 2.4Ghz only. Son new hardware? An updated device?!?

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    i would love a chromecast 2nd gen with 802.11ac, 5ghz support and even best, ethenet port!! But the ethernet port part is abit stretching....

    • Nicholas Polydor

      and H.265 / HEVC and VP9 decoding - particularly given that the latter is a Google/YouTube format.

  • Konstigt2

    24H time format, yes! Google has finally realized that all of the world except for a few small English-speaking countries (USA, UK..) use 24H World time :)

    • Steve Williamson

      I wouldnt say in the UK we use one more than the other. interchangeable. I assume most of the world was like this.. Otherwise what does your analog clock look like?

      • xnadax

        Sure, analog clocks are in 12H format, but pictures of analog clocks are rarely used in writing. When times are written with numbers, they are always in 24H format in many countries.

  • ddh819

    are there regions where you have to use 5ghz? maybe they need a new hardware version for other regions?

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    I'm a bit concerned about the fact the Chromecast knows that it is a "US" model running in the UK, but then there is nothing in the SDK about restricting content or even querying the Chromecast for it's country code - so I guess for now, it's not worth worrying about. It still seems a bit odd though, it's generally up to the Sender - be it an app or a webpage to do any geographical restrictions, the Chromecast generally just does what it is told.

  • TriAxeS

    - App available in 50 languages, device available in only one. Yay!

  • TheSwede86

    Is it a hardware limitation or software limitation in regards to the 5GHz WiFi?
    Seems strange that it will be software limitation and Google has yet to "unlock" that "feature" for users. So the only valid explanation would be a new CC w. 5GHz WiFi support?

    Damn, even though it is cheap it was just recently (officially) released here in Sweden and just bought one for my parents. 1080p streaming via my NAS (wired) using their old laptop (Core2Duo T8100 @ 2.1GHz on 802.11n 5GHz) is quite poor, movies pause a lot. Got an 802.11ac router 5GHz WiFi for CC = Yes please!