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Chromecast app explosion finally nearing spark with upcoming Google Hackathon

News by Andrew Kameka on Friday November 22, 2013.

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It's been a slow go for Chromecast, the $35 HDTV streaming solution controlled by mobile devices, since Google first announced it last summer. Though some big name partners have added Chromecast support to their apps, Google has not embraced any independent or smaller third party app - until now.

Google will finally get the ball rolling on supporting more Chromecast development by hosting a Chromecast SDK hackathon. The event at its Mountain View Headquarters will focus on allowing developers with experience using the Preview SDK a chance to test their apps against the official SDK and receive tips from Google engineers who are on site for the December 7-8 event.

Though Koushik Dutta, creator of a smartphone mirroring Chromecast app that he accused Google of shutting down, has been invited to the event, he does not plan to attend. What's more important is that the hackathon is likely a signal that the official SDK will launch soon and make it possible for more apps to add Chromecast without having to wait on Google to officially sanction their inclusion. We've already received confirmations from Pocket Cast and Bitcasa that they planned to add Chromecast to their apps, so it will be nice to see what apps do the same. It's nice to stream content from Google Play, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and Pandora, but there are many more apps that will make the mobile and TV connection much stronger.

source: Google+ (Koushik Dutta), via: Engadget

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