Hopefully, in the very near future, we’ll see more and more Chromecast enabled applications. Today, Google announced the availability of the Chromecast SDK for everyone wishing to add Chromecast support to their apps:

This is extremely good news, though I can’t imagine that there are too many more apps that I’d like to see with Chromecast features.

Koushik Dutta, who developed the awesome, but root only, Allcast ($4.99) app already announced an update.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe this announcement means Chromecast will suddenly be able to mirror a tablet or smartphone screen.

Now is the time to purchase a Chromecast if you don’t have one. The question is, what apps do you want to see gain Chromecast support? Here’s my few:

  1. Drive: add support for casting presentations
  2. Hangouts – chat via the big screen (there is a way to do this using a tablet and laptop)
  3. Games – how about Battleship, checkers, or Connect Four? Right now, you can play Tic Tac Toe on your Chromecast.

Jeff Taylor

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Justin · February 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I have Chromecast and it’s useful for watching stuff(I hit up redbull.tv while holding my newborn), but I really wanted mirroring of the tablet, or chrome browser tab. The chromebrowser tab thing works but it is way to lagged to be of any use. Congrats on the Nexus 5. Holding strong on my Cyanogen mod’d Galaxy Nexus.

    Jeffrey Taylor · February 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I doubt we’ll ever see mirroring simply because of the way Chromecast handles delivery of content. Even Avia, which is essentially sending information from your device to screen, has problems. I don’t really watch any videos from the Chrome browser because of the lag, though static web pages work fine.

    You really need to upgrade to N5. You’ll see a lot of benefits, including speed.

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