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Amazon Unveils Fling SDK For iOS & Android

July 10, 2015 - Written By Dennis Patrick

 

Media changes often. The current trend as of late is taking our favorite content whether be it television series, films or even music, and then turn it to a streaming medium. There are all sorts of people who are cutting their wires and ties to big-name cable companies such as Comcast and AT&T in order to save money and use services like Netflix or Hulu Plus. Amazon recently announced their Amazon Fling SDK for both Apple iOS and Google Android. With this SDK, developers will be able to bring applications onto Amazon Fire TV through smartphone and tablet applications, essentially making the television screen a second display all while following the trend of streaming content.

If you’re an application developer, getting your product to interact with a television screen through devices like a smartphone and tablet can be a challenging one. There are few choices to go through, one of which would have been the Google Chromecast. The very same can be said with the general consumer who wish to display content from their handset device onto the television screen. Now for those who lacked the Google Chromecast but just so happen to own an Amazon Fire TV then this Amazon Fling SDK announcement will bring some good news.

First of all developers will find that implementing this SDK will be relatively easy with their application already built to work through the Google Chromecast. Already a few applications have hit the market that were built with this SDK, one of which is known as Karaoke Party, an application that displays video, audio and text onto the television screen while consumers can use their smartphone as the microphone.

As for consumers, what this means for your Amazon Fire TV is that it will have a slew of new applications and uses thanks to your handset and tablet. In the past, the whole “flinging” process in which content could be streamed from a separate device was compatible only through Amazon manufactured devices such as the Kindle Fire HDX. Mirroring will likely play a bigger role with the Fire TV as well whereas the past only specific devices were compatible, more notably the handsets running Fire OS and Android devices through Motorola, LG, and Google. If you’re a developer and would like to further look into the SDK then be sure to check into our source link down below.