Google Play Services 4.2 hits Android devices worldwide, greater influx of Chromecast supported apps to follow


Google Play Services 4.2

Good news for everyone looking to increase the functionality of their Chromecasts, Google Play Services 4.2 has now officially rolled out to Android devices world wide. Aside from updated Google Drive APIs, the update also includes the new Chromecast APIs necessary to cast content to your TV.

It was on February 3rd that the Google Cast SDK went live for developers, allowing them to begin building apps with Chromecast support. Unfortunately, because Google Play Services 4.2 had not officially rolled out to everyone, Google asked developers to hold off on releasing new and improved Chromecastified apps.

Now, with all the pieces in place — the Chromecast SDK in developers hands and Google Play Services 4.2 in everyone else’s — you should expect a slew of new apps updating in the Play Store with Chromecast support. Let the games begin.


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. It was reported almost 2 weeks ago that Google Play Services version 4.2 was released, and apps like AllCast updated their apps to use chromecast immediately…. Yet my Nexus5 still does not see version 4.2 available for upgrade…. Why does Google delay so much in allowing people to update to Google Play Services 4.2 ? and so it appears that Google Play Services 4.2 STILL has not rolled out to everyone…. and Yes, I am in the United States.

    1. Staged rollouts is the norm with Google. Expect the update extremely soon (if not already).

      1. I just checked. still not there…. Optimistically waiting to use the Allcast app I purchased. BTW consider doing a review of the Allcast app with Google Play Services 4.2 whenever you test it and trial it. Hopefully I get the update tonight or tomorrow…. It’s a bummer it’s been released for the “rest of the world” yet I still can’t have it.

        1. I suppose you can try clearing your device cache, also sign out, then sign back in? See if that helps.

        2. It just showed up on my nexus 5 and gpad today.

          1. 3 days later and still waiting on my nexus 5

        3. You can always sideload it if you can’t wait, and yes it will still auto update the next time an update is realeased if you are worried about that ;)

      2. I’m still waiting

      3. For the record, Google Play Services finally upgraded on my Nexus 5 today February 19th 2014… that is SIX days after it “hits android devices worldwide”……. I’m in Central Florida.

    2. Why don’t you just sideload Google Play Services 4.2?

  2. I got it last night and it has the duplicate chromecast device issue :/ from what I know it’s an issue when you use google play music. Just so that everyone knows and AllCast is having force close issues.

  3. 4.2.42 for me. Yay! Bring on the new apps.

  4. Got it my my Nexus 5

  5. Even the Chromecast SDK hasn’t rolled out to all developers yet. I’ve been waiting for a while now and still nothing…

  6. I have it on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I don’t know how long I have had it. It must have auto updated.

    1. Same here. I don’t even know when it updated.

  7. LG G2 D3rp ROM, updated already.

  8. Does anyone know of a video player, for computers, that can cast? I know you can drag and drop videos onto the chrome browser and do it, but the quality isn’t that good.

    1. RealPlayer Cloud…if you have pc you can download it there and also on your great since it supports chromecast!!!

      1. I don’t have a Windows computer. :-(

  9. Just waiting on Plex Chromecast support for non-PlexPass users – like they promised – and then I’m SET.

  10. Don’t know when it happen, but it’s on my Moto X (Verizon, stock) already.

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