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Google Chromecast SDK released to developers, Google Play Services updated as well

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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

262 Comments
  • I'd love to see the authors of MX Player make it Cast-Friendly.
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  • 2-1=1
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  • 1+ Posted via Nexus 4 !!
  • +7 Posted via Android Central App from Nexus 7 2013
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  • I'm replying to see if I still fit on the screen. +365
  • +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 Posted via Android Central App
  • AC app ✌✌ Posted via Nexus 4 !!
  • THIS
  • -1 Posted via Android Central App via bad azz VZW LG G2 ROOTED!
  • Why?
  • Don't mind him. moosc is the most negative person on AC.
  • Except for the Samsung fan-boy who has a weird obsession with monkey balls.
  • +412 Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mah battery)
  • Then you'd probably want to watch them over here: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/mx-videoplayer
  • Hell yeah!! Posted via Android Central App
  • +1
  • The Viral app definetly needs a chromecast friendly update Along with Comcast Xfinity TVgo app Posted via Android Central App
  • 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.
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
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  • Yes Posted via Android Central App
  • This is HUGE!
  • That's what she said!
  • VUDU!!!!!!!!
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  • 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 Posted via Android Central App
  • 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...
  • I have the 1st season on Blu-Ray, it was only $16.99 on Amazon in the beginning of December, damn good deal! Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • A good deal indeed.... Posted via Android Central App
  • Mobo player to do DNLA streaming from any source, and locally stored content as well.
  • I would really like to see this too.
  • XMBC for Android with Chromecast! There would be no reason to have a PC hooked up to the TV anymore!
  • +1 Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • +1 !!!
  • Yes
  • This. From mah shiny new Nexus 5
  • This. :)
  • You read my mind. Posted via Android Central App
  • I could go for that for sure.
  • Mizuu, Player FM, and Munchy Dungeon
  • Finally. Now it's time for chrome cast to get even more apps
  • 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.
  • #3: What you want is Plex Media Server.
  • Google Play Music supports streaming through Chromecast from the web browser already.
  • The app has Chromecast support also Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 for Spotify Posted from my Moto X
  • I do believe it is time to order one Posted via my outdated Droid RAZR Maxx HD using the Android Central App
  • Yes, yes it is. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Best $35 I've ever spent, and it's about to get a whole lot sweeter.
  • Amen.
  • Spot on!
  • 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.
  • I bought mine over the weekend and finally decided to set it up. So far I'm impressed.
  • "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.
  • +1 Posted via my outdated Droid RAZR Maxx HD using the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
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  • CBS? I'm looking at you buddy.
    Your android app is worthless without it.
  • Most of them are, can't get myself to ignore my 60' to watch networks on a 7' tablet Posted via my outdated Droid RAZR Maxx HD using the Android Central App
  • Sounds like you need a 60-inch tablet! ;-)
  • Touche'
  • From what I've read that a couple manufacturers are planning on integrating Android into new devices, we'll soon have one Posted via my outdated Droid RAZR Maxx HD using the Android Central App
  • +1
  • Spotify!
  • 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. Posted via Android Central App
  • Pocketcast and the Google Photos app. Posted via Nexus 5 AC App
  • +1 Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mah battery)
  • I think Pocket Casts already has their ready just had to wait for the SDK to go public Posted via Android Central App
  • Watch ESPN
    Slingplayer
  • Watch ESPN +1!
  • Definitely agree with you on these two, although I just purchased a Roku to use with my Slingplayer 500.
  • Absolutely!
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Twitter, Facebook, pintrest, foursquare, myspace
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  • 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 Posted via Android Central App
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  • Flappy Bird? Posted from my newly Kit Katted Droid Ultra
  • Tap your TV repeatedly? Posted via Android Central App
  • With the WWE network starting on the 24th, I'd love them to support Chromecast. Posted via Android Central App
  • Boom!
  • 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.
  • Flixster & Pocket Casts! Posted via Android Central App
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • +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.
  • +1000
  • 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 :)
  • Pocketcasts! Posted via Android Central App
  • NASA TV app. Posted via my Motorola Startac
  • +1!!! Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • Boom! Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Amazon mp3 would be great for me,I bought a lot of albums there. Posted via Android Central App
  • Spotify. Spotify. Spotify
  • I would love to see Spotify!
  • Spotify
    Gallery app
    Chrome browser mobile
    Amazon MP3
    Watch espn Posted via Android Central App on OG N7
  • Oh and maybe Hangouts, for video Posted via Android Central App on OG N7
  • +1 million Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mah battery)
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
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  • +1 on Gallery Posted via Android Central App
  • Games! Tons of games and Crackle! Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't understand the benefit you would get by casting your games? Chromecast is like a media player
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Pandora has had support for a while now....fyi Posted via Android Central App on OG N7
  • movie tube!
  • CHROMECAST ALL THE APPS! Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • Kindle! ;)
  • I want SiriusXM support.
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  • I'd like to see Aereo working with this.
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  • Can't wait for the flood of apps now.
  • +1 Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • and i just bought one to and was saying the same thing.
  • Watch ESPN App. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yes!!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Thank god! Posted via Android Central App on my Republic Wireless Moto X
  • Retroarch. As long as input lag isn't really bad.
  • Flixster so I can watch the ultraviolet versions of films I own. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • 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.
  • My family is cutting the cable cord this week, and if they did that, they'd have us right back!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Redbox Instant.. MX Pro... RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!
  • 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!
  • MLB At Bat!
  • +1
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App on Nexus 4
  • +1 Posted with Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • 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!! Posted via Android Central App
  • 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.
  • Needs Root. Costs $5. And Koush doesn't have the best record on supporting his apps down the line. Pass.
  • Well if it works properly maybe he won't need to Posted via Android Central App
  • Simple.tv
  • XBMC, Amazon Prime video player, Amazon MP3. Posted via Android Central App
  • Agreed! XBMC support would be killer.
  • 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.
  • +1
  • I'm waiting for Spotify, NFL GamePass, Pocket Casts and MX Player personally. Posted via Android Central App
  • Photos! Posted via Android Central App
  • 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. Posted from my Moto X
  • Aereo support for Chromecast please?
  • NHL Gamecenter all day long! ! Posted via Android Central App
  • I agree..nhl gamecenter Posted via Android Central App
  • Need this. Posted via Android Central App
  • 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. Posted via Android Central App
  • 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
  • Pocket Casts
    Crackle
    Watch ESPN
    MLB At Bat
    IMDb (for trailers)
    Gallery/Photos/Videos
  • 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? Posted via Android Central App
  • It should work just fine.
  • It works.
  • Dish Anywhere.
  • NHL Gamecenter Posted via Android Central App
  • Amazon primecast. Just dreaming. Posted via Android Central App
  • Asphalt 8 From mah shiny new Nexus 5
  • Pocketcast would be cool Posted via Android Central App
  • 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. . . Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • It sure will be interesting to see how Cox, Comcast and Time Warner are effected by Chromecast,...ohhhh yeah! Love that competition!!! Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • 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. Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • There is one. It's under Google-branded devices.
  • Awesome the potential for the chrome cast is crazy good Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or iPhone 5
  • 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.
  • Watch ESPN
    Watch TNT
    NBA Game Time Did I miss anything basketball related??
  • 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
  • Poweramp, MX Player, IRealB, Audible.
  • 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
  • I'd like to know when is Google Chromecast going to be available in Canada
  • You can buy it off of Amazon in Canada. Little more expensive than from Google directly, but still worth it.
  • MiKandi
  • That took surprisingly long to come up...
  • That's what she said. Posted via Android Central App
  • lol. literally. Thanks, guys. That was exactly what I need right after I got off... work.
  • This is the best chain on this thread. :)
  • What does chromexast do? posted with a galaxy note 3. h8ers gon' h8. live2win#swagface#switchedOn*_*
  • Vimeo would be good to see.
  • Yes! One ring to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them! Posted via Android Central App
  • I've heard that before. Is that from Harry Potter?
  • no! bad! :P
  • Showtime Posted via Android Central App
  • I would love to see the cloud storage apps I use like Mega, Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive get support Posted via Android Central App
  • 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 Posted via Android Central App
  • Koush!
  • Vudu please!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Vudu please!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Pocket Casts. Posted via Android Central App
  • MLB at bat
  • Podkicker, Vudu, and Comixology. I would love to read comics on my TV. Because it sounds awesome and ridiculous Posted via Android Central App
  • 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.
  • Crackle, movietube 4.1, spotify, and of course mirror the phone!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Any app that is a PowerPoint viewer... would love to see several options to choose from.
  • WWE and AllCast for sure. Posted via Android Central App
  • I would love to see Twitch.tv appel br supported by the Chromecast! Posted via Android Central App
  • Too soon to say that Google will completely dominate the living room?
  • 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. Posted via Android Central App
  • Crunchyroll app so I can get my anime fix on my big screen.
  • The new Mobile Nations App!
  • Game support Posted via Android Central App
  • 75% of these comments are +1's Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Gallery app. I was surprised that this wasn't in the initial release.
  • AC app ✌✌ Posted via Nexus 4 !!
  • VLC Posted via Android Central App
  • And SkyGo Posted via Android Central App
  • And SkyGo Posted via Android Central App
  • And SkyGo Posted via Android Central App
  • And SkyGo Posted via Android Central App
  • And SkyGo Posted via Android Central App
  • And SkyGo Posted via Android Central App
  • Plex subscription free, Slingbox, XfinityGo, Amazon Prime, any network apps (ie. A&E, MTV, ABC, NBC, FOX, etc...)
  • In case Spotify is listening, let me make it so Spotify is mentioned at least twice more. :)
  • 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.
  • I want Google Drive and Google+ Photos to have Chromecast support.
  • 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. Posted via Android Central App
  • Hangouts, Google Photos, Posted via Android Central App
  • On nd Jay Posted via Android Central App