Since the dawn of Google Cast on Android TV there has been inconsistent/ non-existent support for control via the Android TV remote control — this is a frustrating and poor user experience. Well, there is a solution, Google quietly released Cast Connect last week, a new developer API to allow remote support for any app or service using the cast protocol to an Android TV device.
The new developer options will allow apps and services to be better integrated and synced when used in conjunction with Android TV. Supporting a remote control is a significant improvement on its own, but the new functionality will also assist with syncing between the Android TV playback device and the original casting device (eg. your phone).
For those who are long term users of Google Cast I’m sure you’ve experienced your cast stream on your device becoming ‘disconnected’ from the stream on your TV. Hopefully this new sync functionality will make this a thing of the past. In addition to starting your Android TV app, loading media, and playback control, Cast Connect includes the following features:
- Sender Join/Leave Events
- Media Metadata
- Supported Media Commands
- Custom Messages
Check out the developer video below.