Through the release of a new set of APIs, Google is hoping to simplify development opportunities for its Chromecast streaming service. This begins with allowing developers to create queues of pre-loaded content, and reorder queue items during playback. The company is predicting that this will increase engagement length by up to 20%.
Another API will make it easier for developers to employ a second screen for use in games and other apps with Google Cast. This would allow the use of the phone as a gaming controller while the gameplay action is displayed on a TV. This also has applications in apps like Pixlr, whose photo editing features could be performed on a phone to appear on a TV or other monitor.
Finally, the Google Cast Game Manager API will improve the process of building multi-player games, which was first rolled out in November last year. The new API will streamline the experience for developers, making it faster and easier