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Google Play Services 4.2 Released for Developers, Brings Google Cast SDK

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Developers rejoice, as Google launched Google Play Services version 4.2 this morning, which brings the full Google Cast SDK inside. With the new SDK, developers can start throwing a cast button right into their apps and then publish them to Google Play for users to download.

Google has worked hard to make the process fast and simple, so we should start seeing apps getting updated with Cast support pretty soon. 

For developers, this is great news. For users, now we play the waiting game.

The Google Cast SDK makes it easy to bring your content to the TV. There’s no need to create a new app — just incorporate the SDK into your existing mobile and web apps. You are in control of how and when you publish your Cast-ready app to users through the Google Cast developer console.

Developers can head to their Google Services area in the Developers site to start working.

Via: Android Developers
  • IanGillespie

    Soundcloud please!

  • coolsilver

    Vimeo is on my watch list

  • Drew_VA

    Hoping WatchESPN and xFinityGo and maybe some other sports and news stations add compatibility quickly. It would make life much easier…

  • Razma

    come on Spotify!

  • moelsen8

    finally, google, yay.

    btw, anyone in need of moto x $30 off codes, enjoy. i was just sent an email reminding me that they expire today:

    • tyguy829

      I got one as well. Have at it!

  • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

    Oh! so that explains why my Nexus 4 was hot enough to fry an egg this morning…

  • turdbogls

    personally can’t wait for this. should be interesting. I have a list of apps that i believe will never get the cast button.
    my main want is BTN2GO app. outside of that, “Photos” iHeartRadio,daily motion,MX player,pocket casts, spotify, and maybe some simple games like badlands or into the dead would be pretty cool/easy on the ol’ tele

  • dreadfall


    if you go to play service app on plat store web the install numbers are screwed up.. looks like more than 1 bn device have play service

    1,000,000,000 – 705,032,704

  • rfranken

    Please add this to some Gallery App. QuickPic or whatever. and Twitch. plz plz plz

    • Nick V

      First Google needs to reinvent the Gallery App so that it is modern, can be customized with personal galleries, and then conform to the HOLO look and feel.

    • PuttsMoBilesiCit

      Twitch very much so. But I already bought a Xbox one and it’s natively built in…

  • Franklin Ramsey

    I’m just waiting for Vudu to get Cast abilities. Or Flixster. Either one!

  • duke69111

    This google play services is still eating 20-25% of my battery.

    • ryan

      Uninstall update then update. Works for me

      • duke69111

        I uninstalled/reinstalled it and I’ll give that a shot. Thanks.

      • gambit07

        Thanks, that worked for me. For anyone else, I uninstalled play services with titanium backup, rebooted, then re-installed the 4.1.32 apk. No more battery drain!

    • Kevin

      sheesh, i havent checked before, but my G2 (vzw) says 27%. i assume that’s on the excessive end?

      • duke69111

        Yea, I think it should be around 2-3% or so. I have the VS980 VZW G2 as well.

        • Kevin

          tried the uninstall and reinstall and now today it’s at 32%…did you have any luck?

          • duke69111

            Yea, i think it helped. However, I installed the google play services 4.2 update to work with allcast, so that might of helped as well.

    • Guest

      Thanks, that worked for me. For anyone else, I uninstalled play services with titanium backup, rebooted, then re-installed the 4.1.32 apk. No more battery drain.

  • John Legere

    I want to see my screen on my TV.

    • ArrTooDeeToo

      Since the SDK is out, I’m sure it won’t be long before some crafty developer makes that magic happen!

      • Adrynalyne

        Its out but not obtainable yet. I can only get Google Play services version 14 atm.

      • JBartcaps

        Just add the SDK to Nova Launcher???

        • ArrTooDeeToo

          I’d be down for that since I swear by Nova Launcher, but some people prefer the stock launcher.

          • JoshGroff

            I switch between the two, but love Nova for the gestures and customization.

        • Adrynalyne

          Unless you have the source code or are hacking it in, it seems to me that you won’t be doing that.

          • JBartcaps

            Lol, whoops meant it to mean that the developer could possibly add it to the launcher.

        • turdbogls

          yeah, if you just want to see your home screens, this would work….lol. anything outside of that its worthless….we just need google to enable the “cast” option in settings to work with chromecast for screen mirroring.

    • duke69111

      Hopefully Koush updates his allcast app soon and includes such functionality if possible.

      • BigTimmay

        Given his rep with updating his apps, he most likely won’t.

        • JRomeo

          He already specifically said he was waiting for this for him to update his allcast app.

          • JamesK

            Any One know why the EFF Chromecast won’t just mirror the entire phone?

            Think Google would of been smart enough to have the foresight to see that’s what most people would want.

          • morgan boyle

            i feel like they aren’t pushing that because of the strain it will put on the phone and battery and the negative experience most users will have. what makes chromecast so great is that you start streams with your phone and then your phone is removed from the equation.

        • JRomeo

          look at that… he updated it already.

        • JPB

          Whoops. He did already. Nice try.

      • JRomeo

        He said he was waiting for this to happen in order to update allcast, so I am super excited.

        • Shimamasu

          Oops. I didn’t mean to vote it down but happened by accident. I just wanted to peak at who down voted it… Nevermind. Up voting cancelled it out for me.

      • JRomeo

        and one day later, Koush has already updated his app.

      • JRomeo

        and one day later, he already updated his app. that was quick.

    • Razma

      only problem is that like 2 second delay

  • ryan

    Yay chromecast!

  • Chwey789

    Who cares…Broncos lost. But seriously this is great news. Tbh, my Chromecast has been collecting dust for awhile. Will be really nice to be able to use it with its full potential.

    • Tim242

      Who cares that the Broncos lost?

      • JoshGroff

        Broncos fans that watched the super bowl? Besides that, no one. 😉

      • Steve B

        I care…because I’m a Seahawk.

        • Tim242

          I don’t care about NFL football. However, I did watch the game. The better team won. The Broncos did not come to play.

          • Steve B

            It was pretty sad. I was hoping for a game of epic proportions, but sadly the Broncs laid a huge turd.

          • John Legere

            It happens. Broncos kicked more asss during the regular season to make up for it.

          • Steve B

            There’s always a positive way to spin things.

          • John Legere

            I’m just saying. The amount of Seahawks bandwagoners, people hating on Denver and Peyton, it’s ridiculous.

          • Steve B

            True story. I’m a Seahawk fan of 32 years, so this was a sweet victory for me, made even better by the fact that this proved all the idiots wrong who said the Broncos were going to blow us out.

          • John Legere

            I don’t see why people would say it would be a blowout. It probably would have been great, but the clear miscommunication in the first play proved otherwise.

          • Steve B

            I didn’t get it either. I was expecting a 31-28 type of game. Instead we got a massacre right out of the gate. The Hawks are really good, but something with the Broncos was off last night.

    • John Legere

      I’m still happy Peyton has his ring and headed to the Hall of Fame.

    • duke69111

      Is there not enough pot in Denver for you. It shouldn’t be an issue.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    Google cast is different from chrome cast, right?

    • Trent Russell

      Chromecast uses the Google Cast API. Chromecast is merely an endpoint/receiving device.

      • ArrTooDeeToo

        Thanks for the clarification. Great news!!

        • nwd1911

          This was my question as well. Thanks for asking and Thank You Trent for answering :)