Chromecast

Devs now able to start making 'Google Cast-ready' applications on Android and iOS

Google has announced the availability of the Google Cast SDK for all developers, opening the floodgates to devs wanting to incorporate Chromecast support into their Android and iOS apps, or web content through Chrome. While the Google Cast SDK has been available since last year as a developer preview with certain restrictions attached, today's launch represents the first "finished" version of the SDK. On the device side, Google Cast SDK support is rolling out as part of Google Play Services version 4.2 starting today.

Google's developers guide page for the SDK notes that it's "undergone a thorough overhaul since the developer preview release," advising developers to review its documentation before getting started. 

So now that the Google Cast SDK is out in the open, what apps would you like to see get Chromecast support? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Google Developers

 
There are 262 comments

sikpupi says:

I'd love to see the authors of MX Player make it Cast-Friendly.

illdini says:

+1

+1

MERCDROID says:

+1

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-IRON- says:

+1

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still1 says:

+1

Kyle535 says:

+1

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neonworm says:

+1

eahinrichsen says:

+ >1

degan51 says:

+1

Ry says:

+1

asaini007 says:

+1

thatguy97 says:

+1

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Spiro81 says:

+1

Warrenisit says:

+1?

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Nick Rhodes says:

+1!

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×1

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The Shag says:

-1

BioDave says:

2-1=1

+1

thatguy97 says:

+1

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sniickers says:

+1

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Nick Rhodes says:

+4.4.2

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xgalalx says:

1+

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+7

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kristof94 says:

+007

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Dolfan058 says:

I'm replying to see if I still fit on the screen. +365

PZR18 says:

+1

Plus the WatchESPN app

So I could finally ditch my crappy& glitchy Motorola cable box for a chromecast & my tablet to bad I will still have to pay comcast

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xgalalx says:

AC app ✌✌

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MSgtSimon says:

THIS

moosc says:

-1

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neonworm says:

Why?

Don't mind him. moosc is the most negative person on AC.

Wollombi says:

Except for the Samsung fan-boy who has a weird obsession with monkey balls.

cammykool says:

+412

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DWR_31 says:

+1

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Then you'd probably want to watch them over here: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/mx-videoplayer

tgrant1975 says:

Hell yeah!!

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Hemphala says:

+1

PZR18 says:

The Viral app definetly needs a chromecast friendly update

Along with Comcast Xfinity TVgo app

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shayknbake says:

Ohh, you can bet the invisible hand of God that they will. And it will be in the paid Pro version, which I (and many others) will be all too happy to pay for.

tlee74 says:

+1

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Jetta1987 says:

+1

mrgwap03 says:

Yes

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DaGODFather says:

This is HUGE!

reeper55 says:

That's what she said!

tml248 says:

VUDU!!!!!!!!

AaronTV says:

+1

nvoll84 says:

+1

yankeesusa says:

How about the cw app so I can watch my missed episodes of arrow. The chrome browser cast works but quits once in a while

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Ry says:

That's up to CW.

"So now that the Google Cast SDK is out in the open, what apps would you like to see get Chromecast support?"

Obviously, every suggestion is up to the developer...

Jay Holm says:

I have the 1st season on Blu-Ray, it was only $16.99 on Amazon in the beginning of December, damn good deal!

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mrgwap03 says:

A good deal indeed....

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driedsponge says:

Mobo player to do DNLA streaming from any source, and locally stored content as well.

darkjuan says:

I would really like to see this too.

tberman333 says:

XMBC for Android with Chromecast! There would be no reason to have a PC hooked up to the TV anymore!

MERCDROID says:

+1

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alex346 says:

+1 !!!

tillerrw says:

Yes

techydavid says:

This.

From mah shiny new Nexus 5

This. :)

Lantesh says:

You read my mind.

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term101 says:

I could go for that for sure.

CalebBlank says:

Mizuu, Player FM, and Munchy Dungeon

elvisgp says:

Finally. Now it's time for chrome cast to get even more apps

rocket321 says:

1. Spotify

2. All the apps (audio, visual, games, etc)

3. I'd love to see an official Chromecast app that I could run on my HTPC. Assuming they built it as a Chrome app it would open up all their Chromebooks as Chromecasts too. I've tried two of the unofficial clients and they are too buggy. Youtube leanback already does this but I'd like to be able to do Google Music and Chrome tab sharing on the TV just as easily.

flattop100 says:

#3: What you want is Plex Media Server.

chapaj says:

Google Play Music supports streaming through Chromecast from the web browser already.

DaEXfactoR says:

The app has Chromecast support also

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+1 for Spotify

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LeroyRJR says:

I do believe it is time to order one

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MERCDROID says:

Yes, yes it is.

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Best $35 I've ever spent, and it's about to get a whole lot sweeter.

brendilon says:

Amen.

MERCDROID says:

Spot on!

TenshiNo says:

Yup. Even with a "smart TV" it's *so* much more convenient (and faster) to pull up Netflix/Hulu/YouTube on my cell phone, tap the video I want and hit the cast button. I haven't used the "home" button on my smart TV remote since I got the Chromecast.

radgatt says:

I bought mine over the weekend and finally decided to set it up. So far I'm impressed.

kingjames924 says:

"So now that the Google Cast SDK is out in the open, what apps would you like to see get Chromecast support?"

All of them, sir.

All of them.

LeroyRJR says:

+1

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MERCDROID says:

+1

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Zeustopher says:

+1

Kyle535 says:

+1

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TenshiNo says:

+1

xgalalx says:

+1

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phor11 says:

CBS? I'm looking at you buddy.
Your android app is worthless without it.

LeroyRJR says:

Most of them are, can't get myself to ignore my 60' to watch networks on a 7' tablet

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Sounds like you need a 60-inch tablet! ;-)

ISS2 says:

Touche'

LeroyRJR says:

From what I've read that a couple manufacturers are planning on integrating Android into new devices, we'll soon have one

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nvoll84 says:

+1

Spotify!

leobloom says:

In the UK we could do with the BBC iPlayer and other network catch up services lend their support. I'd also like to see the TVCatchup app implement Chromecast support.

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Rehzonance says:

Pocketcast and the Google Photos app.

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DWR_31 says:

+1

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djstarion says:

I think Pocket Casts already has their ready just had to wait for the SDK to go public

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bgruber17 says:

Watch ESPN
Slingplayer

BigGulpsAy says:

Watch ESPN +1!

dharge says:

Definitely agree with you on these two, although I just purchased a Roku to use with my Slingplayer 500.

dusoccer10 says:

Absolutely!

PZR18 says:

+1

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Twitter, Facebook, pintrest, foursquare, myspace

+1

Way to "+1" your own post.

Don't judge. My grandmother has bad eyesight. This would help her with all of her social apps.

My gg is the same way

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-2

x 2

snowglyder says:

X -2

tdizzel says:

Flappy Bird?

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Notajediyet says:

Tap your TV repeatedly?

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With the WWE network starting on the 24th, I'd love them to support Chromecast.

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Ry says:

Boom!

TenshiNo says:

I love my Chromecast, but I've still been waiting for this. I think the big app, for me, that I would *love* to see get cast support would be PocketCast.

Tinostre says:

Flixster & Pocket Casts!

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zhecht says:

I'd love to see this with multi-player and party games. Imagine a Scrabble/Words with Friends game that displayed the board on the screen, but each person's individual tiles would be on their own phone, or a pictionary game where drawings on a phone or tablet were displayed on the big screen for everyone to see.

Another great use would be slideshows, both of the powerpoint variety and the photo variety. I would love to see both office suites and gallery apps implement chromecast functionality.

Kyle535 says:

+1

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twister99403 says:

+1

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TenshiNo says:

That's actually a really great idea.

I know that the app is $4.99, but I really hope this means that AllCast will finally be able to get the Chromecast support they need. And may be MX Player too, damn good player.

muchtall says:

+1

Shame that Google hasn't approved the app that was doing phone-local content casting (and then further extended the concept to DLNA) before anyone had even heard of Avia.

bonedatt says:

+1000

tdizzel says:

Mr Dutta has said that an update is already in the works for Allcast. Luckily I still got a few bucks in my account from Google Opinions Rewards. Its gonna be a good day soon :)

newboyx says:

Pocketcasts!

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paulw3 says:

NASA TV app.

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Jay Holm says:

+1!!!

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MERCDROID says:

Boom!

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mosley04 says:

Amazon mp3 would be great for me,I bought a lot of albums there.

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Spotify. Spotify. Spotify

I would love to see Spotify!

MetalMike901 says:

Spotify
Gallery app
Chrome browser mobile
Amazon MP3
Watch espn

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MetalMike901 says:

Oh and maybe Hangouts, for video

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DWR_31 says:

+1 million

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Ep3n3wp says:

+1

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Arshley says:

+1

Ep3n3wp says:

+1 on Gallery

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x-ware says:

Games! Tons of games and Crackle!

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still1 says:

I don't understand the benefit you would get by casting your games?

Chromecast is like a media player

brendilon says:

GTA: San Andreas on the TV without needing to have a PS. There are lots of great games out there that you could control on your device and watch on the TV.

TenshiNo says:

Chromecast doesn't actually work that way. You're not mirroring the screen itself to the TV. The content would have to be available at some URL that the Chromecast could access. All the Chromecast really does is look at a web page that tells it what you want to play, and then monitors for events from that page (button presses from your control device). Even if you were to setup something for mirroring the screen, it would have a pretty substantial delay, and probably not look very good.

turdbogls says:

agreed for the most part...but there are some apps that would be SWEET with chromecast. I'm thinking some simple driving games (steer by tilting, gas is tapping the right side of the screen, break the left side, badlands or any other single/double tap games out there (granny smith, angry birds,ect. into the dead would be cool.

however, it would suck for anything like dead trigger, or any game with more than 2 buttons needed to play....however, PS3 controller would be cool. it'd be like a portable Ouya

Andvarix says:

Specifically? Pandora, MX Player, CW (for Supernatural) and tons of games like Ticket to Ride, this would be awesome for pass and play type games.

Basically all music & video apps and many many games could benefit.

MetalMike901 says:

Pandora has had support for a while now....fyi

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moises1204 says:

movie tube!

ken standish says:

CHROMECAST ALL THE APPS!

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Jay Holm says:

+1

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Kindle! ;)

chapaj says:

I want SiriusXM support.

bgruber17 says:

+1

Joe Wood says:

I'd like to see Aereo working with this.

mldiroff says:

+1

mzanette says:

Can't wait for the flood of apps now.

Jay Holm says:

+1

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jwrigh32 says:

and i just bought one to and was saying the same thing.

klisenko says:

Watch ESPN App.

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Yes!!!!

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reeper55 says:

Thank god!

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hmmm says:

Retroarch. As long as input lag isn't really bad.

leobloom says:

Flixster so I can watch the ultraviolet versions of films I own.

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mosley04 says:

+1

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Ameri-CAIN says:

I would like to see Cox Cable in particular, but all cable companies in general offer this as a way to add a Cable Box to other televisions in your home. Lock it down to my External Cox IP address if you have to, just allow me to get access to everything that I pay for without having to rent multiple, expensive crap cable boxes. It opens up the possibility to create a Cloud DVR service, that you can charge for in place of the cable boxes.

Jadien says:

My family is cutting the cable cord this week, and if they did that, they'd have us right back!!

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rserda says:

Redbox Instant.. MX Pro...

RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!

Zeustopher says:

Woot! I am SO excited about this! I've been waiting for those doors to be flung open and can't wait to see what I'll soon be able to do with my Christmas present!

yepitsmememe says:

MLB At Bat!

bgruber17 says:

+1

+1

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AaronTV says:

+1

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Kyle535 says:

Someone should make an app that casts whatever is on your screen to the TV so we won't need hdmi's anymore! That way everyone and every app wins!!

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turdbogls says:

Koush is working on this as we speak with his allcast app. you will need Root as of right now but he seems to be pretty confident he can get it working soon.

brendilon says:

Needs Root. Costs $5. And Koush doesn't have the best record on supporting his apps down the line.

Pass.

Kyle535 says:

Well if it works properly maybe he won't need to

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leftclick says:

Simple.tv

NastyNeil says:

XBMC, Amazon Prime video player, Amazon MP3.

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muchtall says:

Agreed! XBMC support would be killer.

jdevenberg says:

PocketCasts
Anything that lets me stream local media from my tablet or PC without worrying about video/audio codecs. If VLC player on my PC got Chromecast support I could pretty much die happy.

Slashdpc says:

+1

jenskristian says:

I'm waiting for Spotify, NFL GamePass, Pocket Casts and MX Player personally.

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jimmytheyank says:

Photos!

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eahinrichsen says:

I'd love to get support for the Public Radio Podcast app. BeyondPod supports Chromecast, but the full version is $6.99, which is a little steep. I want to hear Welcome to Night Vale on my big ol' TV speakers!

Pocket Cast! Podcasts on the big screen is what I'm looking forward to.

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chad783 says:

Aereo support for Chromecast please?

NHL Gamecenter all day long! !

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fastracer says:

I agree..nhl gamecenter

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rchapman80 says:

Need this.

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pinch55 says:

Does this mean that it wouldn't matter which Android phone you have, since the phone is just telling a server to shoot stuff out? Not a fan of only certain phones playing nice with apps.

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icarus130 says:

Amazon Prime
IMDB (for movie previews)
CBS (or just get on freakin Hulu)
and even tho they were kicked out of the Play store, TV Portal

mbj8448 says:

Pocket Casts
Crackle
Watch ESPN
MLB At Bat
IMDb (for trailers)
Gallery/Photos/Videos

heathroi says:

Just have wait my new flatscreen to arrive without the burntout hdmi ports from surges, thank you chicago winter for interfering.

If I purchase movies from the Play Store can I play them through Chromecast to my smart TV? Or will I run into some silly DRM issues?

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TenshiNo says:

It should work just fine.

term101 says:

It works.

Viper says:

Dish Anywhere.

Aidan Byrne says:

NHL Gamecenter

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Sot Day says:

Amazon primecast. Just dreaming.

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techydavid says:

Asphalt 8

From mah shiny new Nexus 5

sipock97 says:

Pocketcast would be cool

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Jay Holm says:

It's about time! Now let's kick Chromecast into high gear! I want every app that can play video with a Chromecast button, including all news apps. . .

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Jay Holm says:

It sure will be interesting to see how Cox, Comcast and Time Warner are effected by Chromecast,...ohhhh yeah! Love that competition!!!

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Jay Holm says:

There needs to be (if there isn't already) a Chromecast discussion forum on the Android Central Forums, so we can keep track, and make each other aware of newly updated apps that support Chromecast.

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There is one. It's under Google-branded devices.

thatguy97 says:

Awesome the potential for the chrome cast is crazy good

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Pitstop1961 says:

Very excited about this and I see some excellent suggestions. XBMC would be great!

Would love to be able to cast VLC from my PC or phone too.

Rather than mention an existing app, I want to mention a service that used to exist on Roku. It was called Mummybox, and it was basically an aggregator of video feeds from channels all over the world. There was some awesome content there, but Roku forced the service to close after Roku signed an exclusive deal for DISHWorld to provide international channels on a paid basis. I'd love to see Mummybox come back as an Android app with Chromecast support.

jddunkley says:

Watch ESPN
Watch TNT
NBA Game Time

Did I miss anything basketball related??

shayknbake says:

If you're in the Los Angeles area, there is TWC Sportsnet which broadcasts all the lakers game. They are really bad at updating the app, but hopefully they'll manage to support this by the time the Lakers become decent again. hehe

RolandStone says:

Poweramp, MX Player, IRealB, Audible.

darkjuan says:

I've been waiting to be able to cast my local content ever since this came out! Soo happy!!

Was recently on a vacation and had to use an HDMI cable to hook up to the tv, but the movie stopped because my phone was low on juice. Now with this I'll be able to play a movie onto the TV and charge my phone all at once!

Come on Mobo Player, please make an update soon!!

BBC, Xbox video, Redbox, SyFy, ESPN, FOX Soccer channel to name a few.

the big print giveth, the small print taketh

tunein radio

the big print giveth, the small print taketh

swibble says:

I'd like to know when is Google Chromecast going to be available in Canada

term101 says:

You can buy it off of Amazon in Canada. Little more expensive than from Google directly, but still worth it.

Ry says:

MiKandi

tdizzel says:

That took surprisingly long to come up...

Ry says:

That's what she said.

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TenshiNo says:

lol. literally. Thanks, guys. That was exactly what I need right after I got off... work.

eahinrichsen says:

This is the best chain on this thread. :)

DaFonZisBack says:

What does chromexast do?

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eyesparky says:

Vimeo would be good to see.

mveltkamp says:

Yes! One ring to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them!

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tdizzel says:

I've heard that before. Is that from Harry Potter?

TenshiNo says:

no! bad! :P

Bryant Laney says:

Showtime

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I would love to see the cloud storage apps I use like Mega, Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive get support

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tdizzel says:

Can I use this to cast from Nest so the temperature in my house will show on my TV? If so I'm gonna buy a Nest thermometer and a 60" 4k TV.

MX Player Pro

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BryanScala says:

Koush!

DaEXfactoR says:

Vudu please!!!

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DaEXfactoR says:

Vudu please!!!

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DaEXfactoR says:

Pocket Casts.

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demontooth says:

MLB at bat

Gumbyshu says:

Podkicker, Vudu, and Comixology. I would love to read comics on my TV. Because it sounds awesome and ridiculous

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crosstrnr says:

Any kind of whiteboarding app. I do lots of "back of the napkin" presentations and would love to be able to use the tablet and the HDTV for groups.

greekgod says:

Crackle, movietube 4.1, spotify, and of course mirror the phone!!!

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Jetta1987 says:

Any app that is a PowerPoint viewer... would love to see several options to choose from.

OmahaPlaya says:

WWE and AllCast for sure.

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I would love to see Twitch.tv appel br supported by the Chromecast!

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Too soon to say that Google will completely dominate the living room?

sniickers says:

How about mirroring whatever my tablet or phone is displaying and the capability to be able to cast whatever video or audio app I have. Also would be nice to have within a designated area within the app, the capability to insert multiple streams that can be handled(to each their own). Like a picture in picture capability with the capability to select which audio stream to use. Of course minimum lag, a user friendly(simple) interface but also with the capability to edit advance features. Still able to hand off the internet connection directly to the chromecast. Dnla, xdmc, and every other codec and/or software engineered connection utilized. I would gladly pay up to 100 dollars, as I am sure many others would be happy to pay as well for a app with this kind of capability using the chromecast. Thanks in advance.

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E Josey says:

Crunchyroll app so I can get my anime fix on my big screen.

bespinct says:

The new Mobile Nations App!

Zay92 says:

Game support

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SirBobaFett says:

75% of these comments are +1's

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SirBobaFett says:

+1

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sstrenn says:

Gallery app. I was surprised that this wasn't in the initial release.

xgalalx says:

AC app ✌✌

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Robert Marsh says:

VLC

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Robert Marsh says:

And SkyGo

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Robert Marsh says:

And SkyGo

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Robert Marsh says:

And SkyGo

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Robert Marsh says:

And SkyGo

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Robert Marsh says:

And SkyGo

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Robert Marsh says:

And SkyGo

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GT500_Grad2 says:

Plex subscription free, Slingbox, XfinityGo, Amazon Prime, any network apps (ie. A&E, MTV, ABC, NBC, FOX, etc...)

trlovejoy says:

In case Spotify is listening, let me make it so Spotify is mentioned at least twice more. :)

mission_mode says:

Wow 250 comments and not a single request for Polaris Office / KingSoft Office / etc. So we could do remote presentations like people do with Apple Products.

That's good news. Looking forward to seeing what applications take this step. I expected more games to go to Ouya since it was relatively a smooth transition from a games perspective and there were new clients. Hopefully, we will see a larger adoption of developers for the Chromcast for those streaming applications.

Ry says:

I want Google Drive and Google+ Photos to have Chromecast support.

gspida says:

So what's taking these apps so long to update with chromecast support you ask? Calm down they are only trying to figure out how to make you pay again for the app you already paid for. This takes time people.

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qbngator says:

Hangouts, Google Photos,

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On nd Jay

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