The latest Chromecast update just made it the perfect Black Friday streaming stick

Google’s Chromecast device just got a major quality-of-life update that could make it the perfect Black Friday streaming stick purchase. The update allows you to install Android TV apps from your phone, saving you the need to visit the Google Play Store on your TV.

As reported by Tom’s Guide, the new Chromecast feature is currently rolling out to devices worldwide. You’ll know you have the update if you head to the Google Play Store on your phone, tap on an app, and spot a little arrow next to the “Install” button. This presents a dropdown menu where you can choose to install the app to your Chromecast or Android TV device.

You’ll only see these extra options if the app you’re viewing is actually compatible with a Chromecast streaming device, so the feature won’t work for absolutely everything in the store. However, it should be applicable to most streaming apps, like Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video and more.

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It seems like such a simple update that we’re surprised it’s taken this long for Google to allow the installation of Android TV compatible apps via a mobile device. Users have been able to do so from the browser version of the Google Play Store on PC for some time now, but mobile always seemed like a better fit for the option.

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