In early February Google publicly released the Chromecast SDK, opening the door for any developers wishing to bring casting abilities to their apps. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few third-party apps add support for the streaming dongle. It’s great to see the Chromecast finally getting wider support, but we wish that Google would work to provide a better way to keep track of the apps that support their streaming device.
As it stands, Google does have a list that contains some of the bigger apps that have added Chromecast streaming, but many of the smaller developers are left out in the dark. While it’s not too terribly hard to search for apps through Google Play by simply typing “Chromecast” into the search bar, developer GoKo has now brought us a better way with the Cast Store for Chromecast.
Basically the Cast Store is a searchable directory of apps that support Chromecast. From the Cast Store, you can not only read about the apps, you can even see existing reviews. Once you’re ready to download, it takes you into the Play app. The app also has the ability to submit Chromecast app links if they aren’t already in the directory, which is useful for Chromecast app developers who are looking to bring attention to their efforts.
While we’d still like to see an official Google-driven solution to finding and sorting all the Chromecast apps out there, the Cast Store is a welcome app for those looking to make the most out of their Chromecast experience.