Google has Chromecast Receiver app pulled from the Fire TV Appstore

Last month, I wrote about a new Fire TV app called YouMap Cast Receiver which essentially turned any Fire TV or Fire TV Stick into a Chromecast. The app disappeared from the Fire TV appstore a few days ago and now the developers have confirmed that the app was removed at Google’s request. YouMap worked with most Google Cast enabled apps to cast video and audio to the Fire TV. It did not work with copy protected content, but did allow you to cast a Chrome browser tab to your Fire TV. If you purchased and already have the app installed on your Fire TV, the developers say it will continue to work until the end of this year. However, the developers are unsure whether they will continue to support the app, stating that that they will be focusing on apps using the AirPlay and Miracast protocols moving forward. Those of you who paid the app’s $7.99 price may want to ask Amazon for a refund because you will not be able to install/reinstall the app anymore.

  1. Craig says:

    Which means devs need to hurry up and support Amazon Fling.

    I desperately want casting functionality.

  2. Ron says:

    Ashame. It was the best app ever made.

  3. tom42 says:

    Why did the developer put a kill switch in the app that kills it on Jan 1st?

  4. Techtical says:

    I never use Google cast ,Chrome cast although I have both Fire TV and android TV. No big deal.

    Can you cast the 4k content?

  5. Hammond Ehgs says:

    F*k Amazon. I’m never buying another piece of hardware from this stupid stupid company.

  6. Keith says:

    Came so close to buying this but figured I’d wait for OS 5 to see if casting is supported.

    • Craig says:

      Google-Cast/Chromecast will never ever officially be supported on Fire TV’s or Kindle’s with FireOS because it requires “Google Play Services” and Amazon purposely refuses to sign on the dotted line to obtain it from Google, because then they would have to support a competitor’s services in their own ecosystem and adhere to Google’s guidelines. The point of Kindle’s and Fire TV’s is to sell apps, music and movies from Amazon’s own Store. Not help Google and give them a revenue split. Amazon’s Fling API for Fire TV is Amazon’s own in-house answer to Google Cast/Chromecast, but devs have to implement it into their apps before it becomes any good to anyone.

      • Pedro says:

        I think that even if Amazon wanted to have google services, google would never let them, Amazon forked Android to be able to have their own closed environment and store, to manufacture these products they have to use a company outside the OHA (Open Handset Alliance) since it is forbidden otherwise, the best that can happen to Google is that this fork dies as soon as possible.

        • Keith says:

          Probably too late to respond. I wasn’t talking specifically about chromecast but a more polished way to cast on aftv. My stick shows up as a cast screen option on my phone. I can mirror to aftv but need to first enable mirroring on aftv. I use all cast which works but is a little loopy and limited (maybe more than a little since it’s been a long time since I bothered to use it.)
          But if I can already accomplish this I don’t see why amazon can’t make it better and simpler?

  7. oppman says:

    developer should make this app available for free I would love to check it out.

  8. Jesse says:

    As a prime customer not happy about loosing this app thinking about giving up on Amazon

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