In addition to new Chromecast hardware, it appears as though Google is prepping a refreshed version of the Chromecast companion app.
Internal documents acquired by 9to5Google suggest that Google is prepping a new Chromecast companion app that’s more feature-rich than the current iteration. A new “What’s On” section will reportedly show you content offered by apps that work with Chromecast, and the app will also allegedly show you which Chromecast apps you have installed and suggest other Chromecast-compatible apps from directly within the app.
These new features will purportedly be wrapped in a refreshed user interface that may include a tabbed UI, similar to the one found in the Google Play app for Android.
The current Chromecast app is pretty slim on features, helping you to set up your Chromecast, beam content, and direct you to apps in the Play Store. This updated app aims to give you a better idea of what kind of content you can view with your Chromecast and also makes it easier to view Chromecast-compatible apps by showing them all inside of the app rather than kicking you out to the Play Store.
The updated Chromecast app is expected to launch alongside the new hardware on September 29.