Developers, start your engines: The barrier to new apps that work with
Google's Chromecast streaming device is down. On Monday morning, the company
publicly released its Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK), opening the
doors for any app maker or website developer to stream video and other media
to a TV via the cheap Chromecast stick.
"We're releasing the final documentation and terms of service for the Google
Cast SDK," said a Google representative. "Developers can (now) start building
Google Cast into their apps and prepare for release."
Previously, only a few special Google partners could make full use of the kit
to release Chromecast support—others could only play around with it.
(Technically, Google required them to "whitelist" or pre-register specific
Chromecast devices for testing purposes. That meant developers could build
Chromecast functions into their apps, but no one else could actually use
What this means for users is that a new crop of Chromecast-compatible
streaming sources are about to come rushing in.
## A Thumbs-Up From Developers
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Koushik Dutta's AllCast was one of the first independent apps built to work
with the Chromecast. It allowed Android users to ...