Google Blocks Third Party Chromecast Apps (For Now)

With a recent update to Chromecast, Google blocked all the third party apps. Fling, the desktop app that sends local videos to Chromecast, and the Aircast Android app are among the blocked apps.

Heads up. Google’s latest Chromecast updateintentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled ‘video_playback’ support from the ChromeCast application. said Koushik Dutta.

Three new lines of code to short circuit everything but mirroring:

if(“mirror_tab” != a) {
    return null;

And also the “slideshow” code  has really been around since release he added, explaining the code change.

But Why?

Derek Ross, a developer made this convincing point on Google Plus.

First some history. The Google Cast SDK is not finalized yet. Developers have to get their Chromecast’s accepted into the development program to even run their apps that they are developing. That means apps that are being worked on cannot be distributed as 1) you need to have your Chromecast whitelisted and 2) you’ll be using the developers app ID……..

…..All Chromecast apps must be approved through Google. Why? Google wants a great user experience for Chromecast. Google wants Chromecast to be a high quality device that overtakes the living room. Poorly designed and buggy apps need not apply. You all know as well as I do what the Google Play Store looks like. There’s plenty of amazing apps and plenty of horrible apps. Additionally, Google TV was a closed system too. Don’t forget that Chromecast is from the Google TV team. Google TV isn’t the most successful product……

So, Google is still working on the Chromecast SDK and the entire ecosystem to polish it and make the platform stable. But  the amount of enthusiasm around the product and the idea has brought things to how things are today.

Which is actually a good thing.



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