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Chromecast is Now Open to Developers, SDK Released


If you haven’t already, it’s time to pony up the $35 for a Chromecast. Today, Google released the Chromecast SDK to developers, giving them the power to build a cast button into their apps. Up until now, only select partners have been able to build in Chromecast support, but this now means almost any app (Android, iOS, and web) on your devices could enable a cast button and bring mirroring or casting abilities from phone/tablet/computer to big screen. 

The last big Chromecast update we saw came during the holidays, when Google introduced a set of 10 new apps that had support. With the SDK now ready for developers, we could see a wave of them within days or the coming weeks. As those roll out, we’ll be sure to let you know the good ones.

If you are a developer, be sure to head over to the Google Developers Blog to learn all there is to learn about building Chromecast support into your apps.

Any apps in particular you’d like to see receive Chromecast support?

Via:  Chrome Blog | Google Developers
  • rotard777

    i just want to cast drive, im fine uploading my media there. That was pretty upsetting to see it wasnt supported at first

  • ddh819

    fb and twitter, or just the embedded media from them

  • Betts


  • d-rock

    MX Player!

  • NexusMan


  • Chris

    Still no actual interface…

  • Shawn John

    Pretty soon well be casting all types of interesting things, sms dialogs, saved videos, pictures etc. ABOUT TIME.

  • Sporttster

    Dish Anywhere!! Make it happen Dish!

  • Benjamin Mackie

    If they get hubi working for Chromecast, I will 100% go out and buy one

  • ten2o3

    NFL mobile with chromecast would be awesome!

  • Razma

    Come on Spotify!!

  • Mike Hilal

    Is Koush going to fix allcast?

    • PSU_DI

      Yes, he said an update will be coming soon.

      • Mike Hilal

        It really is a good day

  • Higher_Ground

    I sorta wish they had designed a better icon for the casting button. I got my father one of these right before Christmas, and the other day they asked me to come over and “reinstall” it. I thought that was odd since it didn’t have an install/unistall file, but it turns out they simply forgot what the icon looked like to get it going. Not that I have a better design in mind, but the square with arcs in the corner isn’t as intuitive as I’d like.

    • Larry

      The square represents a TV. The arcs a wifi signal. I’m not sure its 100% obvious the first time you look at it, but after hearing that it should help you remember.

      • Higher_Ground

        Yeah that’s how I tried to explain it too, though it reminded me of the first time I picked up a Xoom and couldn’t figure out how to open the app drawer 🙂

  • I would LOVE to see TuneIn Radio add ChromeCast support!

  • fauxshizzl

    Casting mobile Chrome tabs is all I need.

  • Gus Silva

    WATCH ESPN!!!!!!!!!!

  • Edwin M

    C’mon Crunchyroll!

  • Joe

    I would really love for the WatchESPN app have Chromecast support! That would of saved me time connecting cords from laptop to TV.

  • TalonDesigns

    My vote is for Skifta.

    • dazz1996

      Skifta? don’t all the videos play from say MX Player Skifta just navigates you to the video on your network or on the device? Avia does that already but for a one time fee. I use Plex pass Im a lifetime member and Its far better then the two plus you can make your phone/tablet a server to stream from your device and pin movies from your home server right to you device for offline use..

      • TalonDesigns

        Oh gees… I guess that tells you just how out of it that I am this morning.

        🙂 Can I change my vote now to VPlayer?

  • Tony Byatt
  • jimt

    Slingbox and gallery would be on top followed by allcast.

    • Jeff Badger

      Slingbox would be awesome!

  • joejoe5709

    Oh hot diggity. Koush, please postpone any work on CM and bring back your casting app!!

    All I need is an app that will run in the background and mirror anything on my phone to the screen. If not, I’ll hope ES File Explorer can come up with some sort of universal casting functionality. This is a great day for Chromecast fans. 🙂

  • Rdio! And the gallery app!