The new version of the Chromecast app on Android (v 1.8.22) now allows you to customize the default backdrop photos with a few different options, including your own photos, and add the temperature to the screen and a news ticker (although from my quick look at this the news ticker isn't very informative right now - don't know if that varies by location). You can also use the app to see details about the photos that google provides as they appear on your TV.
There have been hundreds of new apps added too of course. I stopped counting after 500. Anyway, I know nobody posts here much anymore but just thought I'd give a heads up to look out for the app update if you haven't gotten it yet. Many people never have a reason to actually open that app to use their chromecast, so I thought a lot of people might miss out on this new feature not realizing it was added. I didn't look up if it was added to iOS yet.
Edit: I just realized something about the news feature. When a news article is listed, you can use the app to go to the article to read it. It's in the same place where you can find details about the photo on the screen.
Last edited by jprc; 10-09-2014 at 03:54 PM.