option to allow nearby entertainment junkies to cast to the device even if they aren’t on the same Wi-Fi network as the Chromecast itself — a handy addition for visiting friends. Chromecast is also gaining the ability to mirror Android devices on your TV, as well as a ‘Backdrop’ feature that lets you customise the imagery shown during downtime.
The Chrome OS operating system is also receiving some fresh new features, thanks to deeper integration with Android. Like Android L devices, Chromebook users will soon be able to bypass passwords by using a Bluetooth-enabled Android phone for automatic authentication — merely opening the lid will log you in to both the operating system and your Google account. While paired, notifications for incoming calls and texts will appear on your Chromebook, along with low-power warnings for your phone. Google’s also working to allow top Android apps to work on Chromebooks, complete with hardware-level access.