Chromecast SDK is finally open to developers, expect greater app compatibility in the near future


Chromecast in action screenshot

It’s been nearly 6 months since Google’s Chromecast officially became available for purchase, and it’s only now regular ‘ol developers are finally allowed to take advantage of the SDK. Up until now, we’ve watched as developers like Koush — creator of the AllCast app for Android — had to reverse engineer his way into building apps with Chromecast support.

Today, this is no longer needed as developers now have the tools they need to get on their apps up and running with Chromecast. Great news for developers, and even better news for users as currently, there’s only a handful of apps offering Chromecast support.

With Google Play services 4.2 also available worldwide for Android devices starting today, there’s no excuse for your favorite apps to begin integrating Chromecast functionality. Crunchyroll, you guys listening?


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Oh, yes. Let the floodgates open.

    1. Cry havoc and let the slip the dogs of Chrome!!!

  2. oh my… things are about to get awesome!

  3. Would the “no streaming of local content” restriction still be in play?

    1. As far as I know, there technically never were any restrictions on streaming local content, only the way Koush “unofficially” went about developing his app.

      1. Awesome. This was what kept me from buying a Chromecast. Now that they opened the SDK, I’ll be picking one up on the way home from work today :)

        1. you will have to wait for the app developers to begin coding for their apps, but whenever they push the next update to their apps, you’ll be ready with your chromecast :-)

          1. Give it a month or two. Once Google cast tab is out of beta chromecast will be selling even more.

  4. ” I’ve been patiently waiting for so long” in my (fifty cent) voice! Yes!

  5. it would be great to ‘mirror’ your phone’s screen!! im guessing that has nothing to do with apps/chromecast, but would have to be built into android itself?

    EDIT: FYI: Bestbuy matches prices, so you could save $5 by taking printed ad to local store and get chromecast for $30!

  6. I’m so happy

  7. Koush already said he is working on the update for AllCast.

  8. so we can expect allcast functionality? also can chromecast function as a dlna receiver, or does it not meet certifications? I realize both are basically the same thing

  9. Wonder if we’ll see any Chromecast enabled games. Something that would have a cast mode allowing controls on the device while streaming video…

    1. I don’t think the latency is good enough. Even with all my devices on a good wifi signal, the chrome tab cast is very choppy. I think it’s meant to mostly pickup the network source directly and display it on your screen. But i can only hope it will get better screen mirroring capabilities.

  10. MX Player Pro please

    1. Seconded. IMHO, MXPP is the best media player on Android.

  11. Finally! :D

  12. hallelujah!!

  13. Best news I’ve heard all week…..


    1. *C’mon* Lolololol.

  15. Will it be possible to play DVDs from a computer and cast it on your tv? that would be awesome! Or better improve tab casting :D

    1. That’s up to whatever company makes the program that you use on your computer. There are apps for Android that allow casting of native video, I don’t see why not.

    2. I highly doubt dvds, theres no current system for this kind of decoding and you’d basically be breaking encryption, you could do it with full screen casting, but if you can get it to run smoothly I’d like to see your industrial computer rig and network made of pure fiber

    3. Not instantaneously but better tab casting from chrome would be nice its practically unusable for more than 1 minute even at 480p

  16. Phandroid,
    how about adding a cast button in your embedded YouTube videos? Or is that a Google side thing? It is a real pain trying to get an embedded YouTube video to my TV/Chromecast when I am browsing a site on my mobile phone.

    1. It’s a Google-side thing.

      As far as I know, there is no ability to cast from YouTube via mobile browser. You have to open the video in the YouTube app.

    2. seriously i wait till i have a bunch of phandroid vidoes and then painstakingly cast them to my chromecast and smart tv, but its super kludgy right now, and if you lose sync for 1 second you lose your ability to queue

  17. Come on MX Player!

  18. i love the fact that this is happening but i hate how all them are gonna cost money.

    1. says who? I’d expect eventually there will be some free options

  19. Chris, your mention of Crunchyroll makes me love you that much more. Please, have my children.

  20. Spotify!

  21. Know any good TV or live TV apps?

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