Get Ready for a Host of New Chromecast Applications as Google Releases SDK

| November 22, 2013 | 4 Replies

Chromecast Installed

Google’s Chromecast was released back in July with little fanfare, but was immediately bought up at only $35 a dongle and sold out within hours in the Google Play Store.  It has slowly been adding applications to its list of functionality, but all of that will speed up very soon, as Google is readying a two-day “hackathon” for developers to test drive their new Google Cast Software Developer Kit (SDK).

Chromecast Invite Email

According to the email received, it will be an all-in-one conference to answers developer’s questions and preview changes.  It will be held December 7-8, 2013 at Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.  Anyone can register, but priority will be given to developers that have experience with the Google Cast Preview SDK and you must sign up before November 25, 2013.

With the beta SDK, developers were finding ways to expand on Chromecast’s functionality – it can already stream video from unsupported sites, sending video straight from your phone (or cloud) to your big screen TV, or streaming from your PC.  However, until the official Google Cast SDK is released, the developer’s hands were rather tied, as far as distributing their apps to us.

Google’s Chromecast is a low-powered processor that supports HD Video playback – it simply plugs into an HDMI port on the back of your HDTV and is powered by a USB port on the back of the TV. Once plugged in, setup is a breeze as you follow the on-screen prompts. It was limited when it first came out to Netflix and YouTube, with a promise of Pandora, which was finally fulfilled. Hulu Plus, Play Movies, Play Music, and recently added HBO GO are all official apps at this point in time, but with the two-day hackathon and the release of the official Google SDK, we should start to see more and more applications for Chromecast. I bought the device the first day it was announced and have found it most useful for casting from our laptop to our big screen TV, and I am excited to see what new apps will be offered.

Let us know in the comments or on Google+ if you already own and use Chromecast or are thinking of buying it, but waiting for more functions or applications to make it more useful.

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I am Pittsburgh born and raised except for a 21-year detour through the VA/DC area. I have loved technology and gadgets my entire life, especially mobile devices. I have loved all things Android since I purchased my Motorola Bionic on the day it was release. I now sport a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that you would have to pry out of my cold, dead hands! I love the excitement each day of what new Android devices will be released, and then I get write about those devices…does life get any better?
  • Avery Miller

    Hopefully lots of developers will use the SDK…

  • John Bogeman

    own and love it!

  • Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Mine is currently almost exclusively for Netflix and YouTube. I can’t wait for it to do a lot more.

  • Learjet

    Who knew such an inexpensive little device could be so powerful? No more dvd’s for me. Ever.