Google has officially announced the release of the Google Cast SDK, allowing developers to integrate the Chromecast in their Android, iOS and web applications. Rishi Chandra, Chromecast MP, said that their “opportunity set is fairly large”, mentioning that he could see millions of mobile apps and websites adding support for the Google Cast.
When it first came out nine months ago, it had limited support available, along with a few select apps allowed on the platform, such as Pandora, HBO Go and Hulu Plus. Google also made a preview available for the SDK in order to give developers a taste of how to build their own apps on the platform, but did not allow them to publish their apps.
The newly released SDK offer developers simple ways to just beam a photo to the TV screen, without the need of integrated casting capabilities and the ability to build it from scratch. Chandra said that he will also want to see developers go further with developing new tech with the new SDK, having mentioning multiplayer gaming.
Google has also made some changes to the SDK, being part of the Google Play Services framwork now. This means that an Android update will no be required to get Chromecast applications on the platform, something that consist with Google’s efforts to make fragmentation less of an issue with Android.
We can see from the above that Google wants to really expand the Chromecast this year, attempting to fill it with apps and widening its Android grasp. Also, Mario Queiroz, VP of Production at Google, stated that Google is looking to make Chromecast available abroad soon.