Which is better, huddling around a 5-inch screen or a 50-inch TV? Google is making that answer a lot easier. Chromecast can mirror your device’s screen to the flat-panel in your living room. The stage demo included using Google Earth and even Android’s video camera app. Even more than that, the HDMI dongle is getting a little more personalized too. You know those pretty-looking images that populate your TV screen when you’re using Chromecast? They’re about to get a little more tailored to you. You can customize the images of that ambient feed (seen when idle) with your own personal Google+ photo albums. Not happy with your own pics or just don’t use G+ for photo storage? You can enable geographically filtered pictures, too. These albums are curated by Google, so they’re ensured (in theory) to be safe and high quality and the Backdrop feature rolls out to all users this summer.
Mountain View’s HDMI dongle add-ons aren’t stopping there, either. Google announced today that other users can cast to your TV without being on the same WiFi password, now too. This is pretty neat if you don’t want to give out your password or go through the arduous process of getting a long, mixed-character sequence right. By using location, all your pals will need to do is enter the PIN on the screen. Seems pretty simple.