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Android's Google+ app also got an update today that - while masquerading as a stability/bug-fix release - packed in at least one new treat - the ability to cast your stream to a Chromecast.

While casting, users can flip through posts with manual controls or just wait for the stream's auto-play. The interface shown through your Chromecast will look much like the one in the app, minus Android's system interface and playback controls. Post images fill the whole screen, putting post content at the top, and the post's source at the bottom. We're sorry to report that the cast stream doesn't appear to support GIFs.

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The feature appears to be on a server-side switch, so anyone running Google+ 4.5 should get the ability to cast soon. But if by some chance you haven't received the latest update yet, you can grab it from one of the mirrors provided below.

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The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.plus-4.5.0.72928916.apk

Version: 4.5.0.72928916 (Android 4.4+)

MD5: C3C6489BEF46B3B126FE56F01D07EC47

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  4. MEGA mirror

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  • Benjamin S.

    Still waiting for the 4.5 APK Teardown that explains the 10mb shrink :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Just took a look. The difference comes from losing a crapton of images called hp_frame*.jpg, hp_scratches*.jpg, leaks*.jpg, etc. These are probably all used for photo editing. Maybe they're loaded off the server now or something. It's a pretty boring weight loss, tbh.

  • GreatNews

    Apk?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      It's up now!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Actually, looks like it's server-side enabled, so the 4.5 APK from 4 days ago works too.

      • GreatNews

        So no need to download and install again, right?

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          Correct. If you already have the update you should be getting the feature soon.

          • GreatNews

            OK thanks

      • gotitogether

        I'm still on the v. 4.5.0.72696933 from 4 days ago, and like you mentioned, I opened up my G+ app and low and behold, there's the Chromecast button on the right side of the screen. Since this feature appears to have just been "switched on" via a server-side change, but works on both the v. 4.5.0.72696933 AND the new version released today; what, if any, changes did the new version today bring? Just "stability/bug fixes," I assume?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yeah, probably.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I don't own a TV or a chromecast. So, whenever I see any posts like this, I wish Koush's AllCast receiver would emulate a chromecast; not only to his AllCast app; but every other app too. Alas...

    • yepp

      Plex does this

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        You mean if I have the Plex server running on my computer, it will also act as a cast receiver? Going to test this now.

        • The Motto

          No plex doesnt emulate a cast receiver.. I think yepp misunderstood you..

    • ThomasMoneyhon

      cheapcast was an app that emulated a chromecast on a fellow android device. Google implemented a signature check in the later APIs for chromecast which check for the legit google device. cheapcast couldn't get that signature check code built in and failed to show for Netflix, google play music, youtube etc. Making it worthless and the developer pulled it from the play store.

    • Iulian Arcus

      There was a feature in youtube.com/tv that emulates chromecast without actually having one which i found awesome. Even shows up with the icon in the app after you pair it. Who knows, maybe someone can take the code and get it to run other chromecast apps.

      • Kevin

        That feature is waaaay old. I think it came out in 2010. It works like casting but it's not the same.

  • Tracy Cleaver

    Where so they they get this stuff so quick?! Awesome site!

  • Manu Krishnan

    The casting is great!! but it crashes on GIF's in the stream :(

  • Welfi_1988

    With a little publicity for Chris Lacy... xD Just read that post of him on my phone :)
    But I like the fact you can cast the stream now, searched for that feature last time.

  • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

    Tried this out and it seems completely pointless. What's the use case here?

    • makapav

      I will take a stab at pointing out how short-sighted this implementation is by Google. I imagine they expected this more for branding as opposed to consumer use.

      My use case: Would I ever cast an unedited stream, say, from my wife to a TV? No. What I would like is the ability to cast a stream from my wife, where I can filter - show all image and video posts with face-tags of at least one of my kids. That I would like to watch on the TV while I am in a hotel room working.

      Knowing Google, I am quite sure this implementation is not intelligent enough to show images from within an album if one is posted. It will be a pure stream post casting only.

  • WORPspeed

    Why would anyone do this? When is this ever useful?

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I image to show people stuff. I show things to my wife and vice versa all the time. Instead of huddling around my phone I could just cast it to the TV

      • WORPspeed

        What would you like to show? a piece of text? Just read it out loud.
        A Gif? Sorry doesn't work (yet)
        A photo or movie? You can already cast from the photos app, does this really add that much more usecases?

        Maybe I am using G+ differently than others and they often want to share soemthing from their stream, but I hardly see any use for this.
        I am hoping that G+ will see a cool update in the future that will add features that make casting a stream more useful

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          well if I looked at a picture, movie or text off G+ why would I open another app first. Right now we just pass things back and forth. Are you telling me you'd rather read something out loud to someone rather than just having them read it themselves. Especially with all the pic with text on them like Meme pics and comic strips. I can understand why you would want to use it that's fine. but there is a market for it. that's all I'm saying.

          • WORPspeed

            Again, maybe it is just me, but I have never been in a situation where I was browsing through the stream and thought hey I want to share this to everyone here and that there were so many people around me that casting it to the TV was a better option than showing my phone.

            As for pictures and video, I know when I want to share those, so it is not switching from g+ to photos it is opening photos instead of g+ in the firstplace

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Why do some people always ask questions like this? Why do they simply assume that the whole of the population of the Universe is _exactly_ like them?

      • WORPspeed

        People ask questions like this EXACTLY because they assume that the whole of the population of the Universe is NOT _exactly_ like them and want to know what use can be had from this that they themselves did not think of.

        Seriously, did you even bother to think before you posted?

        • Just_Some_Nobody

          Yes, I did think. Your tone re: this feature is dismissive rather than inquisitive, thus my reply.

    • JPB

      Handy if you're sharing pictures with friends and family who are visiting. Much easier than passing around a phone.

      • makapav

        You can already cast pictures from your album or auto backup section - far more efficient.

        But, I will take a stab at pointing out how short-sighted this implementation is by Google. I imagine they expected this more for branding as opposed to consumer use.

        My use case: Would I ever cast an unedited stream, say, from my wife to a TV? No. What I would like is the ability to cast a stream from my wife, where I can filter - show all image and video posts with face-tags of at least one of my kids. That I would like to watch on the TV while I am in a hotel room working.

        Knowing Google, I am quite sure this implementation is not intelligent enough to show images from within an album if one is posted. It will be a pure stream post casting only.

        • NF

          Maybe you can create a circle for streaming.

          • makapav

            Circles filter based on the 'poster' not on the content.

            This means if I am following my 'wife' in a particular circle, I will still see every post she makes irrespective of what's in the post.

          • NBMTX

            I believe, Google automaticallty creates hastags based on posts, photos, videos, etc. I searched "lasers" and got photos and videos from some live edm events that are backed up to my account. I can then cast those search results (indivudually, as I go through them).

            What I can't do is cast my "everything" stream in a self scrolling way, which is what I'd like to do (I guess I'm in that small niche you speak of). All I get is a continuous "connecting" animation.

        • What?

          Judging by your comment I know you aren't intelligent enough to know that you could do the “filtering" part since Google+ first came out. I'm guessing all you have to do is go to that circle then cast it.

          • makapav

            You cannot filter by content. Period. Developers have been asking for those APIs since inception.

            Re-read my post. Attempt to follow the use case. Then (hopefully) and reward yourself with a treat.

          • WORPspeed

            Don't let the Google asskissers get to you. Filtering is needed to make this useful to more than a small niche of users (most of which won't make any practical use of this feature till filtering is in place if ever)

            So far no one has come up with a good scenario where this feature is actually needed

          • makapav

            Well a good use case for the current implementation: Walk into United corporate office or gate area and stream the United posts on to the TV in the lounge or waiting area. There are of course stream high-jacking risks here but it is a valid and practical use case.

          • WORPspeed

            For those longterm usecases I am sure that using a pc in fullscreen browsing mode (and then casting the page) was just as good an option. Using a phone for this seems pointless to me, but who am I to judge

  • Zulu

    We need a built-in DLNA !!!

    • The Motto

      No we don't.. You just need to get yourself a Chromecast..

  • Daniel Pasut

    Just gave it a try.. this seems to be an absolutely useless feature. Anyone else give it a go and think otherwise?

    • niuguy

      Chromecast all the things!

  • JPB

    Nice, I would like to bring this to the desktop though.

  • http://arpitonline.com/blog arpit

    Is it me or does it seem that you can cast your home stream but not any specific circle or G+ community. I follow a few photography related communities and figured they'd make good ambient experiences on my TV but it doesn't seem to work?!

  • Bojan Tomic

    New update today with a little facelift. :)

  • http://gplusanime.com Rocky

    No APK for Android 4.2?

  • http://ja-som5.webnode.sk/ ja_som

    I need your help guys.
    With latest update I can't edit my photos. If I open photo and tap on (gray) pen icon, only 'Downloading photoeditor...' appears, but I can wait hours, but nothing is downloaded...

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