The Chromecast can do a lot, but until today, you needed your smartphone to control what you’re watching. If your TV has HDMI-CEC support, though, you can now use your existing TV remote to play or pause videos.
You’ve been able to power on your Chromecast with a remote for awhile now, but a new update is rolling out to Chromecasts that enables play and pause, which is insanely convenient. Your TV will need to have HDMI-CEC support to make use of it, but many do these days—so if you aren’t sure, check your TV’s manual or Google around. (It may often go by another name, such as Samsung’s Anynet+ or Sony’s Bravia Link.)