Google finally releases Chromecast SDK to all devs — yes, more apps please!

BY Charles West

Published 3 Feb 2014


Google finally gave the news every developer has been waiting for by announcing availability of the long-awaited Chromecast SDK, also known as the Google Cast Software Development Kit. Today new and old app developers get the opportunity to build their platform with the Chromecast feature baked in.Google broke the news today on its Chrome blog. The search giant has already updated Chromecast dongles out in the world with a new version to get them ready for the new SDK. In addition the Android and iOS app should both see updates as well.

The streaming dongle launched with a small number of apps, including Netflix, Pandora, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, YouTube and the Chrome web browser. Recently Google released Chromecast support for 10 new apps such as Plex, RealPlayer Cloud and Vevo. After today that number should grow exponentially as Google continues to make its play into everyone’s television.

Chromecast makes it easy to enjoy all of your favorite online content on a TV screen with the simple press of a button on your phone, tablet or laptop. We want to make it easier for that content to get to your TV, so today we’re releasing the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers who want to build Chromecast support into their apps and websites. For the rest of us, that means even more of our favorite movies, TV shows and music will become available on Chromecast as developers work with the SDK. Just be on the lookout for the cast button in your favorite apps and websites across Android, iOS and Chrome.

As a Chromecast user, I’m excited to see the potential of new apps coming aboard. I believe the small number of apps supporting the Chromecast platform has been its only downfall. That said, it’s definitely going to be an interesting next few weeks.

So which apps would you like to see support the Chromecast streaming feature?

[Via Google Chrome Blog]