Chromecast 'Backdrop' lets you customize slideshow content for your TV
Google is dramatically expanding the capabilities of the Chromecast, and part of that expansion is a new feature called "Backdrop" that shows beautiful imagery on your TV when it is not actively casting content. Starting this summer with an update of the Chromecast app, you'll be able to open the app and customize what pictures show up on your TV when it is idle.
You can personalize the feed to match your own interests and tastes, add your own photos into the mix and even Google+ photo albums. For personalization, there are different categories to choose from, such as news, lifestyle, Google+ featured photos, museum artwork and more. Every topic is curated to make sure images are of the highest quality — and if one catches your eye, you can use Voice Search on your device to learn more about it with the prompt "What's on my Chromecast?".
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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.
Maybe some people plan to buy a new TV every few years?
Actually this is great! Yes I'm not leaving the TV on all the time, but the screensaver on Chromecast was always a nice touch IMO. Especially as family didn't always turn off TV after Netflix or other content, nice to have good looking pictures show up. (I also have it on same HDMI switch with xbox... so when xbox not in use, the chromecast kicks in.) And I've asked Google to allow our own content or picture feeds for awhile... When friends/family come over, I often have Chromecast on playing music as people arrive, then will stop it as we converse/etc... nice that it will now be able to show MY pictures optionally... and I leave it on in that case because inevitably someone will say "did you see that Youtube video?" and they can cast it right to the big screen (and now without wifi password!) All in all, I think this is a great addition!