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| February 3, 2014
Google Opens Up Chromecast To All Developers
The future is looking bright for Google's Chromecast streaming device. Google confirmed today that it is releasing a Google Cast Software Development Kit for developers who want to build Chromecast support into their apps or websites. Anyone looking for more information about the SDK can find it on the Google Developers blog. I’ve owned a Chromecast since late last year. And while I’ve enjoyed using the inexpensive device, the number of supported apps have definitely been a disappointment. But releasing an SDK should definitely change that, hopefully sooner than later. Currently, some of the compatible iOS apps include Netflix, HBO GO, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Google Play TV & Movies. And speaking to CNET, Google’s Rishi Chandra, said there are a number of new opportunities that the SDK should bring for users, including gaming:
"Gaming is an exciting opportunity for what you can do with Chromecast," he said, as one example of an area where developers could spend more time. "It's exactly the right model. The fact that it works with your iOS phone and Android tablet and Windows laptop is true multiscreen. There's a lot of potential there," he said.If you’re interested in purchasing the Chromecast, it retails for $35 and can be found at a number of retailers including Amazon.com and Best Buy. For other app news today, see: Paper Developer FiftyThree Asks Facebook To Change The Name Of Its New App, Major Pebble Update Arrives With An Appstore For The Smart Watch, and Flappy Bird Game Developer Is Celebrating A First In Apple’s App Store.