The Google TV Android app will soon be able to cast content from other streaming services to smart TVs, Google announced today at its I/O 2022 developer conference (via 9to5Google). This is a continuation of the company’s efforts to make Google TV a central entertainment hub that can aggregate content from other streaming apps.
The GIF below shows the listing for Peacock’s Bel-Air reboot inside the Google TV Android app, and there’s a button to watch the show on a smart TV that supports Google Cast. Casting controls are also available on the Google TV app, which acts as a remote.
At its Google I/O conference today, Google announced that the new casting capability will roll out in late 2022. However, we don’t know yet which third-party streaming services will support this functionality. It’s quite possible that some of them may not like the idea of Google making their own Android apps less and less useful.
The Google TV Android app, which is a rebranding of the previous Play Movies & TV app, is becoming an important piece of Google’s entertainment ecosystem. The app is now the only place to buy and rent movies and TV shows from Google after the company removed the Movies & TV section from its Play Store app. With this new universal casting functionality, it’s about to become an even more useful entertainment hub for Android users.