July 30, 2014

Google offers up public beta channel for Google Cast extension

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Like to get in on the ground floor and help shape the future of things to come? Maybe you’re the kind of person who wants to test out new software or hardware ahead of final, public release. Do you own a Chromecast? Great, here’s a bit of news you’re sure to enjoy.

Google has released a public beta channel for its Google Cast extension for Chrome browsers. Available immediately in the Chrome Web Store, it automatically stays updated with patches and features.

What’s the endgame with the public beta? Google wants to make sure developers and users are able to test things out before rolling them out in a wide release.

According to Shawn Shen, a Chromecast Developer Advocate:

  • Input & Feedback: Developer input on the preview SDKs helped greatly in shaping the APIs and user experience of our public SDK launch. We want to make sure that developers and passionate users can stay involved as things evolve.
  • Early Access: New SDK features don’t help users until they’re adopted by developers, so the sooner we can get capabilities to developers, the better. We also want to make sure that changes never come as a surprise.
  • Stability: We want to make sure that new versions of the Google Cast extension don’t inadvertently break sites that integrate with the SDK. Providing pre-release versions to the community is the best way to ensure we detect and address any issues prior to a public rollout.

Shawn Shen | Google Cast Beta