Chromecast getting its first OTA, you don't need to do anything

The Chrome Releases blog has announced a scheduled over-the-air update for the Chromecast will begin pushing out in the next few days. The update is said to improve reliability, security and performance — things that we always appreciate when they are at their best.

The best part of the news is that you'll never know you're getting the update, and that you don't have to do anything to get it. Like Chrome OS on any of the Chromebooks, the update will be downloaded and applied automatically without telling you or needing your intervention. 

Some of us like to know every little version bump, but for the most part seamless updates are appreciated by consumers. Those that want to know can read Android Central, everyone else can just enjoy the enhancements.

Source: Chrome Releases

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Well, it's nice that Google can send updates with out any tasks from the user. I wish Google did the same for Android Updates. ツⓖ◎◎ⓖⓛⓔ†
  • They do, for Nexus devices. You have to drink deeply of the Google 4-color koolaid to get the maximum benefits.
  • Nice ⇦ ツⓖ◎◎ⓖⓛⓔ†
  • Really? When was the last time you got an o/s update on your Nexus device that did not require some kind of intervention on your part?
  • At least in Canada, it is not the Google causing the update problems; it is the stupid service providers. They discourage Google from bypassing their so called "testing" stage! Somehow Apple managed to get a deal I guess :(
  • As far as i know Apple only announce the new versions/updates only after the carrier approved that, this is the reason why seem like that they update right after the announcement of the new iOS version.
  • @mcgowan398 they already do with apps through the playstore. wouldn't be surprised if the OS follows in the coming months/years. glad to see chromecast support at its finest.
  • They are already. That is why they are pulling so many apps out of android. They can now just update the keyboard or gmail or camera or whatever other things they have pulled out. It also lets people whose phone company substituted their own apps (like Samsung translate) to install and use the Google version. Posted via Android Central App
  • I meant a full software update like from 4.2.2 to 4.3 ツⓖ◎◎ⓖⓛⓔ†
  • How do you even check the software version number on the Chromecast?
  • You can from the chromecast android app. Just connect to your chromecast and go to settings. Posted via Android Central App
  • The settings for your Chromecast should show a build number. Mine says 12072. Apparently the new build number is 12840.
  • Was amazed that fact wasn't in Jerry's post.
  • Is this the point where the privacy advocates complain about lack of control? Posted via Android Central App
  • nah, they're all tied up with all the NSA news going around.
  • So what you're telling me is Google is going to silently and automatically upgrade my chromecast without my consent, no matter whether I want the update or not?!?!?! Oh, that's bad....that's VERY bad!!! What if I root it? What if I want to keep it rooted? How do I block the update? And who agreed to let them update my hardware that I paid for and fully own (not financed)?? Not me, that's for sure!! These silent updates are a bad thing people, and while they are appreciated by the average joe schmoe who doesn't modify their device, they are deeply despised and, quite frankly, loathed by the guys who develop the hardware and software you use every day. The last thing Google should be doing is pissing these people off, since Google relies on them HEAVILY.
  • By the way, for those who are new or just ignorant to this sort of thing, this:
    "Performance, reliability and security are all improved in the coming update."
    means they are trying to kill root access for those who have already modified their chromecast. At least it always has, in my experience, 100% of the time.
  • I don't think they really care about <1% that root their devices. The problem is for updates to really work across millions of devices they need a stable base to push the update to. When people root, that stable base is disrupted and it's likely they know how to update themselves. Additionally, why should Google spend the money for the build/deploy engineer to preserve the dozens of methods for rooting the devices just so you can preserve your root? Take is a challenge to figure out how to re-root after the update.
  • What you say sounds great until you think about it like sony, microsoft and nintendo care about the <1% who mod their console enough to push updates that kill any system modifications? Yup...they sure do!! So much, in fact, that Nintendo only pushed about 3 (estimated ;)) updates that weren't done with the intention to block system modifications. Sony's right up there with them, but they are better at disguising their efforts by adding features that the end user will notice so they don't wonder why their system was updated. Believe me, if they have a good enough reason to care, they absolutely will....and being a trimmed down GTV device sounds like a wonderful reason for them to block it to me. Remember how long it took for the logitech revue to get root? Google does NOT want GTV devices rooted...and the fact that now there's a $35 device capable of running GTV firmware is even more reason for them to put roadblocks in our way. Also, you're taking my post out of context if you think I'm suggesting they "preserve the root method"....all I'm saying is make the updates optional. Give me a choice, since I own the device, not Google.
  • Google isn't Nintendo. Nintendo doesn't encourage developers to tinker with their software (yup, theirs, we purchase a license to us it, doesn't make it ours).
    Frankly, you just sound paranoid. Take off the tinfoil hat and have a beer.
  • All the more reason for Google to stop pusing silent you said, they actually encourage tinkering, so why would the force an update on us that could potentially kill root?
  • It's automatic because if it wasn't the 99% would never update it themselves. Are we even certain that a rooted Chromecast will even get the OTA? As far as stealing your root method, they need to uphold security to some level with DRM protection, or no services (Netflix, HBO Go, etc) will ever support it. Look what happened with GoogleTV when they forgot to ask permission to the Networks to stream their content. I can't stream a free NBC show using chrome browser on my Revue. Make your own with a Raspberry Pi if you want total control.
  • Maybe you've forgotten....almost every android on the market has been rooted, and all the apps you've mentioned are still available (without the networks threatening to pull content). Your argument makes no sense.
  • You should relax.
  • IMO - you're being a bit dramatic about this. Regardless if the "100% of the time" comment is even valid, when rooted, there's a good chance that your device may not even take the update. Will have to see when the update does happen. Even if it does auto update on rooted devices, all you have to do is root it again or wait till the method is available if Google does decide to block the current method. If you are rooting, you're going off mainstream which means there will be times when you will have to take the necessary steps to stay off mainstream.
  • ... Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm not a fan of automatic updates but its for a different reason. Sometimes updates break the app/device etc which is why I like to wait until I know the release is stable. Posted via Android Central App
  • Very good point!! Newer isn't always better :)
  • STFU do you not remember hitting agree when you set-up your device. Google can do whatever they want to your device as long as it performs the same a when you purchased it and they way it was intended to be used. Yes, buying a device allows you to modify it, but it doesn't prevent them from reverting you modifications. Just ask iOS users. Where you went wrong:
  • Show me where in Google's TOS it says they can strong-arm us into a system update. Until then, I will not STFU. And I don't give a rat's ass about iOS. This is android, not a chastity belt
  • Scroll down to "About Software in our Services" and read the first line. Then sit back, take some deep breaths, have a drink, calm the hell down, and realize the world is not going to suddenly stop spinning on its axis because you lost root access on your Chromecast. If it really bothers you that much, check the XDA forums. They have a thread going about possible ways to block the update. Or wait for someone to find a new exploit. In any case, turn down the drama!
  • QUESTION:With chromecast updating automatically do you think when root is publicly available these "auto updates" will uproot your device?
  • So how would you know if for some odd reason you never get the update?
  • My version number is 4.1.10 so let's see if it changes
  • You have the new update
  • Will it fix the Nexus running 4.3 from freezing? that would be great as I can't use my chromecast anymore without it killing my phone
  • "don't have to do anything..." !!!??? Don't you have to get up from the couch and physically plug in the Chromecast?
  • Need to be able to block updates. How else are we supposed to laugh at the update whores when the latest one breaks everything, and ours still work.
  • Just unplug USB power and you won't get updates.
  • ...or anything else, for that matter
  • Does it update itself outside the US too? Posted via Android Central App
  • "...without telling you or needing your intervention."
    I didn't intervene, but it told me and I watched and waited...
  • Is this part of the giveaway today..can't find today's please..I want one...
    please... I want a chromecast
    yes i do
    I want a chromecast but I can't find one
    I want a chromecast...please please please...
  • I didn't see it, but my other half did. My ChromeCast (which is in the UK, and working just fine, btw) politely mentioned (while waiting to be used) that it was about to update itself, and then did. The ChromeCast app says the device is now running Build 12840, confirming what others have said. Of course, what I won't get is any updates to the ChromeCast Android App, as officially it's not available in my country. I had to sideload it.