It took Google a little bit longer to open its wallet garden but it finally happened. As announced today on the Google Developers Blog, starting today, the Google Cast SDK is available for developing and publishing Google Cast-ready apps. This means that Google Chromecast users can expect soon many more apps which will allow to stream from an Android or iOS device to the big screen living room TV. As Google said, the Google Cast SDK is simple to integrate because there's no need to write a new app; but it allows to just incorporate the SDK into existing mobile and and even web apps to bring the content to the TV. The SDK comes with many options for displaying content on Chromecast.
For simple media applications, developers can use the default media player that can play back HTML5 media content. For non-media applications, or for more flexibility and design options, developers can build their own custom receiver application using standard web technologies. With a custom receiver it's possible to build virtually any application while including support for many streaming protocols, including MPEG-DASH, HLS, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, all of which are available in the Media Player Library.
All Chromecast devices have already been updated to the latest software with support for the Google Cast SDK. The Google Cast extension for Chrome supporting the latest SDK will start rolling out today. The Google Cast SDK for Android will be available in a few days as part of the Google Play services 4.2 update, which is currently rolling out to Android devices. The Google Cast SDK for iOS is available starting today.
Cheers ~ Arne