Google’s Chromecast is a $35 device that lets you stream internet content to your TV using Android or iOS apps or a PC with the Chrome web browser. But while the Chromecast has been available since mid-2013, up until now only a handful of apps have worked with the device.
That’s about to change. Google officially released the Chromecast SDK earlier this month, and this week the company released the Google Play Services 4.2 SDK for Android.
We’re already starting to see app developers add Chromecast support.
One of the first new Chromecast-compatible apps to use the new SDK is Dayframe, a digital photo frame app. The free version of Dayframe lets you view your photo collection as a slideshow, display images from online accounts including Flickr, Facebook, or Instagram, act as a screensaver and more.
Or you can upgrade to Dayframe Prime with a $2.99 in-app purchase if you want to stream content to your TV using a Chromecast. Prime users also get access to a shuffle mode, weather conditions, a brightness timer, and a few other goodies.
Update: Dayframe no longer requires an in-app purchase for Chromecast support. But if you upgrade to Dayframe Prime you do get extra features including weather, custom playlists, shuffle, and more.
While some of the big players in the online video and music spaces had already supported Chromecast, the launch of an SDK means that we’ll likely see many more apps like Dayframe adding Chromecast support soon. They’ll join existing Chromecast apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, YouTube, and HBO Go.
Mono is an Android music app that now has Chromecast functionality (https://mono-cloud.appspot.com)
I would love it if someone came up with a replacement for TiVo.
Have been burned too many times by them, with unreliable hardware
and buggy not ready for prime time software, both of which which
they don’t fix. I hope they go out of business (they almost have
in the past, saved only by suing competitors for copying them).
Would also love a replacement for Popcorn Hour,
which continues to sell garbage (great concept though).
What I’d like are devices that download a stream so I can play
back the entire stream seamlessly, without annoying buffering or
hourglass messages. I also want to manage the download queue
to prioritize what I want to download. A dual over-the-air HD TV
tuner to record 2 shows at once (I can watch a 3rd show using my
It let’s you stream content to your phone???
Info believe you mean HDTV.
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