Google Opens ChromeCast SDK, 3rd Party Apps Are On The Horizon (Video)

The Google Chromecast made waves in the tech world after its unveiling back in July. The device offered consumers a simple stream entertainment to their HDTVs and was priced within nearly everyone's budget. Since its launch, the Chromecast has been a great success and the value of this tiny multimedia dongle has gotten much better thanks to a recent announcement.

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 2.56.18 PMIt is a result of Google opening up the ChromeCast SDK thus allowing 3rd party developers the chance to create their own applications for the $35 device. Up until now, Chromecast owners have been limited to casting a Chrome tab or choosing from one of the 14 supported applications (with only six having real value) .

This move to finally open the SDK is thought to be as long overdue for many hardcore Chromecast users and it comes a few months after Google opened its Glass API to all developers. Google is finally getting the idea that 3rd party apps will only boost the value of their consumer hardware.

Personally, I'd like to see an Amazon Instant Video and Spotify application in the near future, but until then I have dedicated my Chromecast solely to YouTube & Netflix.

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Via: Engadget
Source: Google BlogChromium Blog