Great news. Google has made the Chromecast SDK available to developers. It’ll be interesting to see if Apple begins rejecting apps that are adding the Chromecast button to their apps. We can assume not, based on the existing apps, but if things really take off it’s certainly a direct competitor to Apples air play.
via Droid Life
Several new apps are now live, with Chromecast enabled. The problem is, does anyone actually use these apps?
- Red Bull TV
- RealPlayer Cloud
This is a fantastic app to have the ability to Chromecast. If you’re an HBO subscriber, or if you borrow a friends login, you can now send HBO content to the big screen. Good Stuff. Update your HBO GO for Android or iOS to add this functionality.
Announced alongside Chromecast, Pandora’s pending arrival has, well, arrived. App updates are available in both the App Store, and Google Play.
What’s Holding Up New Chromecast Apps? Nothing … But Google, That Is
The SDK’s “developer preview mode” includes terms that prohibit third parties from publicly distributing Chromecast-compatible apps. Among other things, the SDK requires developers to “whitelist,” or register, specific Chromecast devices with Google. This essentially ensures that only pre-approved Chromecasts will work with apps under development.
I smell a rat.
I suppose someone out there actually pays for Hulu Plus. If you’re one of them, they’ve just added support for Chromecast, so you’ve got that going for ya. iPhone app coming soon. Meanwhile, you’ll be limited to Android devices (presumably all phones and tablets?) and iPads.
Any app that is running on your CyanogenMod Android device (an Android firmware replacement) now has built-in support to send audio or video to Chromecast. If replacing your firmware is your sorta bag, then this seems like a pretty nice feature. More on engadget.com
It makes my wonder why Google didn’t do the same to Android, instead of leaving it up to app developers to add the functionality themselves. Is it a legal thing?
Send local content to your Chromecast via this Java based application named Fling. Find more details on geeky-gadgets.com
Experimental Kinect app that controls your Chromecast content.
You can not send local content to your Chromecast. At least not without this AirCast app for Android.
The Verge has the details on AirCast and apparently it’s currently in beta and will self-destruct in two days.