Happy Birthday Chromecast. Oh wait, I’m a few days early. It was just short of one year ago that Google launched their $35 media streaming stick, bringing all of our online media to our big screens. You got me again, there were only a few apps at launch, hardly ‘all of our online media,’ and three of those apps were Google’s own YouTube, Play Music and Play Movies & TV.
Things have changed drastically since then, there are now hundreds of apps that support Chromecast, which makes it a great thing that Google has updated the Chromecast site with better app discovery tools.
Head on over to the Chromecast website for a tabbed view of cast ready apps, categorized into Featured, New and More tabs. You can simply scroll through a seemingly unending list of apps, or hit up the new search functionality, if you’ve got something specific in mind.
Possibly the best tool added to the Chromecast site today, is the ability to limit the apps by the platform they run on. With one click, you can limit the list of displayed apps by Android apps, iOS apps or Desktop apps (and browser extensions.)
It’s been a while since we’ve seen any actual sales numbers, but as I type, I see that the Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is still the number one seller in electronics at Amazon. As more users get on board with Chromecast, it is awesome to see more devs putting the cast SDK to work building more and better casting apps almost daily. Google themselves recently upped their casting game, providing users with full device mirroring, if only for a small set of devices.
If you haven’t looked for new Chromecast apps lately, why don’t you have a look through the apps on the Chromecast website, then let us know if you find any new treasures. What is your most used Chromecast app?