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Chromecast finally gets an SDK, opening up to more apps

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday February 03, 2014.

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The promise of Chromecast fell flat thanks to Google's refusal to let developers support the TV streaming solution without special approval. Things can finally kick into high gear because the Google Cast SDK has gone public. That means developers who create apps that might be useful to connect to a television can now use the official tools to make that happen. For instance, PocketCast and Bitcasa confirmed to MobileBurn that they intended to support Chromecast once Google made the tools available, but several months have passed since that time with Google firmly limiting access until now.

At the moment, only a handful of the millions of apps in Google Play support Chromecast. Among them are Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube, VEVO, Pandora, Songza, BeyondPod, and RealPlayer. The publishing of the SDK means more developers - who might not have the same deep pockets or large user numbers necessary to get on Google's radar, as the aforementioned apps - have a chance. This also opens the door for AllCast, an app that allows streaming personal media from Dropbox or various other sources, will regain support for Chromecast. Developer Koush has already confirmed he plans to issue an update to the app soon. We can only hope more developers follow suit soon.

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