Vizio’s Chromecast-enabled TV vision is being expanded even further with the integration of Google Play Movies & TV.
The updates, coming to the Vizio SmartCast app, will allow users to control Vizio SmartCast devices from any room as well as stream content from phones or tablets straight to the TV. Considering the glut of streaming content out there that people are routinely consuming these days, this will be a boon for cord-cutters and those looking to simplify the amount of services they use to access their favorite movies and shows.
Interestingly enough, there’s also a special Android widget being added with the update that allows you to control the power, play, pause and volume control even when your remote or Android device is locked, meaning you can be as lazy as you want to be when sitting and browsing through what you want to watch.
Quick Start mode was just added as well, which lets you display automatically over Wi-Fi when you begin a casting session. You can then choose which service you want (Hulu, Netflix, etc.) and the Vizio TV will turn on for streaming.
Looks like these new firmware updates will improve things pretty significantly, so it’s great news for Vizio TV owners.