Since the Chromecast debuted, Google has had partnered apps featured at chromecast.com/apps. According to a tip we received this evening, and a post by Leon Nicholls to the Google Cast Developers community, it looks like Google might be ready to show off third-party apps at the same URL.
The Google Cast Developer console has been updated, allowing users to enter details about their apps for inclusion on the Chromecast site. Google has evidently been sending the following note to developers of "Google Cast Ready apps."
The updates to the developer console should feel roughly familiar to those who frequent the Play Store's console - it asks developers for basic information (package name, iTunes ID, or website where appropriate), category, availability, name and description, and an icon. The categories range from TV & Movies to Social, Education, Weather, and a bevy of lifestyle and - interestingly - game options.
The game options include Action, Adventure, Arcade, Music, Role Playing, Simulation, Strategy, Puzzle, Education, Card, Casino, Casual, Board, Family, Trivia, Word, Racing, Sports, and Other.
It's unclear when Google is planning to open up the revised Chromecast site, but the timing of the message may point to an I/O debut. Fortunately, I/O is just a handful of days away so it won't be long until we find out.
Update: Tipster Tomi brought to our attention that a relevant new session has been added to the Google I/O lineup, appropriately titled "Making Google Cast apps discoverable."