Google Chromecast receives OTA update to 12940, new SDK

Chromecast circle

Google’s Chromecast dongle received its second OTA update today, bringing its build number up to 12940. Since Chromecast updates work like they do on Chrome OS, end users don’t need to take any action – when it’s your Chromecast’s turn to get the update, it will be downloaded transparently in the background and installed the next time your Chromecast power cycles.

The official changelog mentions better discovery of Chromecast devices and improved stability with Google Play Movies. Users can check which software version their Chromecast is currently running by opening the Chromecast Android app, connecting to the Chromecast, and checking the build number at the bottom of the page that appears.

In addition to an OTA update for the Chromecast, Google also released version 1.0.1 of the Google Cast SDK preview, “including libraries for Android and iOS, as well as documentation on the Receiver, Chrome and Android APIs. This is a bug fix update with one key developer facing change for iOS — ‘namespace’ renamed to ‘protocolNamespace’ to allow Objective-C++ development.”

Lots of third party development work is already underway for the Chromecast, so this should be sure to please most developers.

[Google]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.