Your Chromecast has been chugging along in the background all these years pulling a megabyte every minute or so as it refreshes content, and until now there really was not much you could configure about it.
TL;DR – Google Home app ads low bandwidth mode, experiments, and lets you choose your own photo galleries.
It’s changed this week or last to Ambient Mode from Backdrops, and the experiments choices do not seem to function at all, but being able to choose your photo galleries with a Chromecast basically turns your unwatched TV into a giant picture frame.
I guess we know now that some major changes were going on in the background that managed to break for a day previously unbreakable Chromecasts and mostly unbreakable Google Homes.
Flickr and Facebook appear broken on my experiments tab. Turning them on brings me to a screen that has their logo and nothing else, when I back out it tells me I selected nothing. Betting this will be resolved shortly, however I do feel uneasy when Google sends out yet another mass update that something’s completely missing on.
Thanks for tipping us to this Bill!
Should you be wanting to check it out yourself, make sure you’re on the same network as your Chromecast, open the Google Home app, go to devices, find your Chromecast, on the three dot menu there should be settings and a new option for Ambient Settings. If it’s not there, I don’t know what to tell you, Google just doesn’t love you.
Just a bunch of pictures below because I’ve run out of things to say.