Google may add personal photos, weather forecasts to Chromecast home screen

chromecast feature art

Google is apparently experimenting with making the home screen of its Chromecast streaming stick a bit more useful. A Reddit user unearthed some mentions of a weather forecast in the HTML source of Chromecast’s home screen Tuesday, which suggest that the screen could soon show the current weather as well as a one-day forecast for a user’s current location.

chromecast weather homescreen source

The code also contains links to icons used to display the weather, which look like this:

Chromecast weather icons. Background simulated.

Chromecast weather icons. (Background simulated.)

Further investigation of the Javascript code used to render the Chromecast home screen reveals that Google may actually be experimenting with a number of topics to be displayed at the home screen, which also includes a mention of personal photos.

Third-party developers have been experimenting with adding weather forecasts and other information to Chromecast ever since Google opened up the Chromecast SDK in February. It only makes sense for Google to explore this kind of functionality as well.

Asked about the company’s plans for adding weather forecasts to Chromecast, a spokesperson told me:

“We’re always experimenting with new features, but have nothing new to announce.”

This post was updated at 12:54pm with an image of the weather icons, and at 4:30pm with a response from Google.

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