Chromecast owners and developers are probably having a field day. Earlier we reported on the public availability of the Fling Java app that lets users stream local media to the Chromecast without the need of a browser. And now, Google announced a double whammy of updates, one for the Chromecast device itself and the other for the Google Cast SDK.
First on the list, Google has updated the Chromecast software to build number 12940. The update will make Chromecast devices more easily discoverable on networks. It also includes stability fixes to the Google Play Movies app. While not exactly earth-shattering, the update aims to improve the user experience across the board.
The Google Cast SDK preview has also been updated to version 1.0.1. The SDK provides developers with the libraries and tools to create Android, iOS or Chrome apps that will “cast” content to a receiver, such as the Chromecast. This update includes libraries for both Android and iOS as well as new documentation for Receiver, Chrome, and Android APIs. It also has a bug fix that will open the gates for developing apps using the Objective-C++ language.
Chromecast owners will be receiving the update over time and don’t need to do anything except wait. The new Cast SDK can be downloaded from the developer site with the disclaimer that it is still a Preview version for development and testing purposes only.