Hallelujah! Chromecast is now an open platform, allowing any developer to build media streaming features into their app.

After what seems like an age, Google has finally opened its Chromecast media streaming dongle to developers. Until this week the device was limited to a select few apps — most notably Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube. But from today any developer can build Chromecast features into their app.

If Google has its way we’ll start to see Chromecast buttons on websites, and in Android and iOS apps. We may also start to see more robust screen mirroring options for Android, Chrome OS, and desktop operating systems, which will be hugely welcomed by teachers looking for a more open screen mirroring solution in the classroom.

“Chromecast makes it easy to enjoy all of your favorite online content on a TV screen with the simple press of a button on your phone, tablet or laptop. We want to make it easier for that content to get to your TV, so today we’re releasing the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers who want to build Chromecast support into their apps and websites. For the rest of us, that means even more of our favorite movies, TV shows and music will become available on Chromecast as developers work with the SDK. Just be on the lookout for the cast button in your favorite apps and websites across Android, iOS and Chrome.”

Many developers have already built in Chromecast support to their apps in preparation for Google expanding the Chromecast platform. We’d like to see Chromecast sharing from more of Google’s first party apps, such as Google Drive, which would be a boon for schools using Google Apps.


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Source: Chrome Blog


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Karl is an award winning Director of IT for the Royal Grammar School Guildford, based near London, England. He has been working in education for more than ten years and founded ClassThink in 2013 to share technology best practice with other schools. In 2014 he won the NAACE Impact Award for support services in schools, and writes edtech articles for Education Executive Magazine.

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