BT Cloud Chromecast support

BT has launched a new version of its cloud service, simply called BT Cloud, with new features including Google Chromecast support. See also: Best cloud storage services.

Competition in the cloud market is tough with countless brands offering effectively the same thing. BT is hoping to drum up some interest with a revamped service with Google's Chromecast the headline addition.

Andrew Kirkpatrick, general manager for connected home at BT, said: "This new version of BT Cloud marks our second anniversary and we’ve listened to what our customers have been telling us to make BT Cloud even better. Now they can share photos and videos on a big screen thanks to Chromecast compatibility and we’ve also introduced a collections functionality that lets you organise your content from all your devices in one place more simply."

When the Chromecast first launched, BT quite rightly focused on getting the BT Sport app to work with it but the new BT Cloud brings some handy feature to use with the HDMI dongle media streamer. Read: See: Best media streamers UK.

Customers can now watch films which are stored in the cloud on the big screen by casting them to the Chromecast. It also means they can view any photographs or listen to music which is stored in their BT Cloud.

The app also now allows you to create folders of content available across all devices and there are visual and usability improvements such as an updated folder structure and new grouping of content by date.

All BT Broadband and Infinity customers get BT Cloud storage for free with either 5 GB or 50 GB depending on which broadband package they are on. Additional space is available at £3 per month for 50 GB and £9 per month for 500 GB.

BT Cloud is available on a range of devices including PC, Mac, iOS, Android and Windows 8.