Google’s $35 media streaming device known as the Chromecast is picking up steam with users, and as such, more companies are launching support for it. Rdio, Vudu, and Crackle have just joined the ranks of Chromecast supporters with updates for each of its services.
Starting with Rdio, both the iOS and Android application have received updates that add support for the Google streaming stick. It features a very simple big-screen interface that puts the album art right in the center of the screen. You can also pause and scrub through the track using the smartphone’s controls. Additionally, Rdio also added support for its web application, so you can broadcast to your HDTV from a computer as well.
The other two services are Sony’s Crackle and Walmart’s Vudu. Both of these are video-on-demand services, which is obviously the main purpose of the device. Vudu promises 1080p playback while using a smartphone like a remote control. It also has support for both iOS and Android with multitasking so you can run the app in the background without interrupting whatever you are watching.
Crackle didn’t provide much information on the way it will work with the Chromecast other than to say that it will support it.
All of these new apps come as good news for Google’s device, as more services like this greatly add to the appeal for people looking to buy a device to broadcast to their TV. When you factor in the incredibly low barrier to entry of $35, it’s definitely a smart move for Google to keep courting more services like these.
Source: The Verge