Update: Anime provider Crunchyroll has gained Chromecast support as well.


The 2014 FIFA World Cup will start next week, making this just the right time for WatchESPN and MLS Matchday to roll out their new ability to stream matches straight to Chromecast. You still need a cable subscription to enjoy any of the content, but the feature prevents having to reach for the TV remote and navigate that troublesome guide for the correct channel. Just fire up that app and poke that touchscreen the way we Android fans just can't get enough of.

Those of you who are lucky enough to attend the game in person can rest assured knowing that when you get back, Google+ Photos is now ready to let you toss up those photos and recordings you took up onto the big screen as well.

Of course, anyone who doesn't enjoy soccer - excuse me, football - can still get some use out of that last bit of news. We all have photos, or screenshots, that need sharing.

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The Photos support appears to be toggled server-side, as I was able to test out the feature without having to download an update. Here are links so you can try everything out for yourself.

Source: Google

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  • James King

    No google plus apk download?

    • Baspower

      It doesn't require an update...

    • Greg Abbott

      No app update required for the chromecast support.

  • Sebastiano

    Does this also cast Stories?

    • http://chromebookguru.tumblr.com Jason C

      No. You can tap on a photo in the story and fling through them but it won't show it as a story right now.

      • Guest

        Even if you tap in the notification bar on "play"?

  • dogulas

    Google+ photos support? Finally! No more needing to upload videos to Youtube to show them on the TV using the Chromecast. Also excited about the World Cup stuff. I have the free version of Google Fiber which doesn't have the TV package of course, but it does allow ESPN3 (and Watch Espn) playback. So, I'm happy.

    • Kevin

      Uploading them to YouTube? You know you could've also used Local Cast app to stream your content to your Chromecast right?

      • dogulas

        Each time I've tried Local Cast or Allcast or Avia or any of those, the stream is laggy and low quality. Probably because my phone isn't streaming it fast enough or the connection is poor. Whatever the cause, it plainly sucks.

    • gspida

      Not so fast my pics are working fine and even the video thumbnail, but I have yet to play a video :(

      • dogulas

        Meaning it refuses to play at all? Or that it plays very badly?

        • gspida

          There is a circle that keeps spinning and I have not got it to play any video so far. I waited a good ten minutes on one of them to see if it was going to play but nothing just spins.

          • dogulas

            I wonder if your Chromecast needs to reboot to update. Does yours turn off every time you turn off your TV?

          • gspida

            Yeah tried that still no video play. Pictures work fine though

      • Michael Nguyen

        Hi gspida, I've got a similar problem and I think I know where the problem is. Google Photos seems to only play photos/videos if it's backed up online, so when you play videos, I think the Chromecast is downloading the video from your online albums. That's why videos take so long

        Having said that, there's some reports of people playing videos just fine. So I don't know what the hell is the problem.

        • gspida

          I wanted to update in case anyone else has a similiar problem. I fixed it by going to app data for the google+ photo's app and cleared the cache and let it repopulate. Fixed my problem and was able to view all of my videos.

  • AndrewSP37

    Crunchyroll also has added (long awaited) Chromecast support as well, according to the source link. WatchESPN is a great addition, I hope other live-streaming TV apps add the functionality as well.

  • Esqueleto Kiely

    G+ apk?

    • ReadingIsHard

      "The Photos support appears to be toggled server-side, as I was able to test out the feature without having to download an update."

  • Mahyar Borhani

    i dont se any chromecast symbol on my g+

    • Dennis Ulijn

      Me neither... Youtube works, but not G+ or photos...

      • bozzykid

        It just started working for me.

  • Brendan Owens

    I don't think there is an update, the chromecast button just appeared for me

  • Frank Barten

    Finally! No more need for Dayframe.

  • Simon Belmont

    Does this only work if you use Google+ to store your photos online? Because that's a bummer, if true.

    I just want to be able to cast my photos from my local storage in my phone or tablet. Anyone?

    • bozzykid

      I'm not sure how they could roll out Chromecast support any other way. Every device maker uses their own "Gallery". The Google+ photos app is the only one Google controls.

      • Simon Belmont

        All my local photos show up in the Photos app. Google controls that app, so there's absolutely no reason why it shouldn't be able to cast those photos.

        It just seems kind of dumb to have to upload (albeit automatically) photos to the cloud, only to have them beamed back down to my TV, when I could cut out the middleman and do it directly. And, yes, I know AllCast can do this. I just feel it should be built-in to Android.

        • Aaron Berlin

          Patience. We'll be getting screen mirroring any time. I'm guessing end of the month.

          • Simon Belmont

            I hope so. It would make a lot of sense to enable that.

            I honestly don't mind casting stuff from my G+ photos online. I just don't have EVERYTHING uploaded, so local support would be nice (or screen mirroring).

    • Claude Gohier

      Allcast and Avia can cast from local storage.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah, I know. I still feel it should be baked into the OS.

        Or at least casting my screen directly. That would be fine, too.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Maybe in 5.0

  • Vladimir

    OMG! Google+ YEAH!!! Finally?!!

  • RSerda

    WatchESPN app just updated on me in Play Store... gotta love ChromeCast baby!!

  • Deeco

    Turn it on already ffs!

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  • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

    Yehe has ben asking for that for long time now.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    I don't see the photos app on my HTC one m8gpe

  • gotitogether

    AWESOME!! I've been ever so patiently waiting for ESPN/the "Watch ESPN" app to adopt Chromecast support for several months now. Being the avid football(American Football..preferably college football, actually) fan that I am, I've been verrrrryyy tempted to break down and shell out the $60-$90 for a Roku 2/Roku 3 ever since about halfway through this last football season(Fall 2013), but I just held off in hopes that ESPN would finalllllly show us Chromecast owners some much needed love!!

    This is the best news I've heard all year!! Thanks AP for this awesome info!! This is one of the many reasons why I check AP many times daily..Y'all are always on top of anything and everything Android related.

    Again, thank you!

  • Seiga

    About damn time Crunchyroll! Took you guys forever to come late to the party!

  • jamez243

    Meanwhile Google TV gets F'd still

  • DaKiLund

    The update to G+ also includes casting from the webversion :)

  • Nathan Walters

    "Photos must be backed up online to cast." I get that error whenever I try to cast any of my recent photos, even though I know they're backed up because I can see them on my other devices. Is anyone else seeing this problem?

    • PhilyP

      you have to swipe from "all" tab to the "highlights" tab. Then you can cast the photos

      • Nathan Walters

        I don't think that's the problem. Every photo in the "all" tab is backed up, and I can cast all those that are more than a few days old. I can also cast every photo in the "all" tab from my computer. It seems to be a problem with recently backed up photos.

        • PhilyP

          Hmm. Have u tried restarting the app or even the phone?

  • Alexander Gee

    Crunchyroll!! Finally

  • gsDroid

    How do we go about adding a provider not on the list. I have cable ESPN from Baja Broadband, which is not listed?

  • Terrel Thompson

    this might make me keep crunchyroll. the app is horrible on my ps4 they need to fix it quck

  • RedSmurf

    With the last update (the one that change the UI), if any of my personnal video that has been backed up online, i can't play them localy anymore. I mean the app always try to stream the backed one so without internet, i can't play my videos, i'm force to use another galery app.

    Am i the only one with this problem ?

    • Michael Nguyen

      Unfortunately that is how the new Photos app works - the videos/pictures you view from there are your online versions. If you want to view your local versions, you can swipe out the tab on the side and go to "Folders" or "On Device" and play a local file there. Alternatively, use another app. I know, it sucks. :/


    is there any way to remove the photos app without removing the google plus app? (i know there's just 1 app, but that's why i'm asking).
    i'd rather use gallery because i take many photos and usually delete many of them also, whenever i delete with gallery it's permanently gone, with Photos it goes to trash, which is annoying and might take more time depending on the size of the photos, and i think that the trash get uploaded to backup on google's server too (wtf?) because when i'm offline and go to trash it will say "can't load..." .

  • lgrose1

    If I have a cable subscription (including ESPN) in my apartment in NYC, but I want to watch ESPN at a house elsewhere with a limited cable subscription without access to ESPN, can I use Chromecast on a Samsung Smart TV to access ESPN?