Google Cast API Updates Promise Faster Streaming and New Games

With plenty of features catering to users coming out of Google I/O, the event has also seen new developer releases that will strengthen its streaming offerings, writes Ronald Chavez for Mashable.

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

Be sure to read the next Announcements article: For Netflix Engineers, GraphQL Wins Over REST and Falcor

Original Article

Google Cast updates make way for faster streaming and new games