One more point of interest: a clear reference to a new app called Google Home that looks likely to be replacing the existing Google Cast app.
Thanks to a tip from a Redditer, we can see from the setup screen of a Chromecast in the Preview Program booting up to show:
For those unaware, Google Cast is the app you use to set up and control the settings for your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio. This app has been around almost as long as the Chromecast itself and has always been the setup mechanism for those devices.
It appears, though, that this has come to an end. The photo above shows the latest firmware for Chromecast booting up and requesting a setup via the yet-unannounced Google Home App.
If you had any question going into Tuesday’s event that Google is looking to make Google Home a real centerpiece to their new #madebygoogle effort, I think this is a clear sign of that happening.
While we won’t know all that Google is planning until Tuesday, we are beginning to see signs here and there that Google might be positioning themselves to make Google Assistant (a centerpiece to the Google Home experience) a central connection point among all its hardware under the #madebygoogle umberella. (click to learn more about that) This latest clue is a clear sign that Hiroshi Lockheimer’s cryptic tweet last week may be alluding to the role that Google Assistant could play as Google’s game changer, not necessarily the supposed combination of Chrome OS and Android (otherwise known as Andromeda).
One thing is for sure, Google is making big moves and we can’t wait to see all they unveil this Tuesday. Be sure to join us right here for the event!