Google announced the final version of the Google Cast SDK and Play Services 4.2 early this month, but it wasn't quite ready for the public. Developers were asked by Google to hold off until the new services framework was finalized, and today is the big day – it's open season on the Chromecast.


Play Services 4.2 is now rolled out to all devices worldwide, so apps built with the Cast SDK can be freely released in Google Play. Since Play Services 4.2 is required for these new Chromecast-enabled apps to work, it wouldn't have made sense to release the apps preciously anyway. I expect apps that had to remove Chromecast support will be getting it back soon. Dayframe, which had to pull back on Chromecast last week, has an update propagating in Google Play already.

The Android SDK Manager also has the new Google Play services SDK ready for developers to download and start tinkering with. While Play Services 4.2 is available worldwide, that's still more than we can say for the Chromecast... sorry.

[+Android Developers]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • remister

    The Chromecast floodgates has open, lets see those apps on the Play Store!!!!

  • NorCalAngler

    Please Vudu! I want to be able to Chromecast my Ultraviolet movies.

  • Chad

    Your move Aereo...

    • Matthew Fry

      Golly. That's like... the most roundabout way to get TV. I LOVE IT.

  • Chris

    Can't wait to see my $35 investment come to life on my TV.

    • Nilla

      More like $11 with those three free months of Netflix.

      • Carla John


        ☗☗☗ ☗☗☗ ☗☗☗ �☗☗☗☗ ☗�☗☗ ☗☗☗lets see those apps on the Play Store!!

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Only a small number of us got that. It was live for about the first half of the first day if I remember correctly. Yes, I got it, but the vast majority of people who own Chromecasts did not. Plus with shipping fees, I think it made it more like $25.

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          I got mine, Jack. Going to have to finally start paying $7/mo for Netflix in two weeks, though. Mostly it's the convenience of having tons of kids shows that make it worth it.

          (just wish the Android app supported playing multiple episodes for binge-watching kid stuff so we didn't have to babysit it)

          • brewmaster

            Translation: I wish I didn't have to babysit my electronic nanny.

          • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

            No. Translation: I wish it worked more like PBS broadcast TV.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            A queue would be really nice, I agree. The one thing I miss from the other versions of Netflix on basically every other platform is the auto-playing of the next episode. More so because Netflix so cleverly cuts out the opening titles of the remaining episodes if auto-playing, as well as the credits if they contain no extra content. It's a really nice setup.

        • remister

          I got mine at Best Buy, no shipping, but TAXES :(

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I forgot about taxes, I paid those, too. I think in total the Chromecast cost me around $48. So it was around $24 after the Netflix credit. Not complaining (I have no idea why someone decided to downvote me for honestly correcting someone else's weak math), but it certainly didn't cost me $11. And had I not gotten the Netflix credit, it would still have been worth it. I love this thing.

  • Neto Cavalcanti

    My TV is ready.

  • Diane Watters

    does this now work with my android ,,,2.2.2 ? just wondering,,have had to remove alot of downloaded things because storage was low,, ??

    • mgamerz

      Pretty sure not. GPS is for 2.3 and up now these days.

      • Diane Watters

        thank you for letting me know !

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  • Owen Finn

    Screen mirror?

  • Aaron Quevedo

    If the NBC Sports Live Extra app gets Chromecast support so I can watch the Premier League just in case if the DirecTV goes out, I'd be so happy.

    • gspida

      Where's the flood? Im rolling my pant legs back down. Guess they are still figuring out how to profit off of this. I don't want to pay again for an app I already paid for.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    About time

  • anzensepp1987

    Google Chrome for Android, please! That's all I need. Already quite happy with the present Chromecast-Apps available. Everything coming apart from a Chrome-integration is bonus!

  • Konstigt2

    I have 4.2.42 (101394-038), is that the latest?

  • Matthias

    Now I actually have the feeling that I might be missing out on something, because I don't own a TV... If I had one, I'd most definitely get a Chromecast as well! :)

  • http://gplus.to/rjv Roger V

    Does the Google Cast SDK support streaming of live video? If WatchESPN decided to integrate Chromecast features, are live broadcasts off limits?

    I've noticed that live YouTube videos don't work so I'm curious if it even has the potential to do it.

  • Andy Stetson

    I don't know about you, but i release all my apps preciously!

    • Mike Reid

      Small typo, took me a double take to notice. ;)