A few months ago, a developer source told me that Google (s GOOG) planned to release apps for its Chromecast streaming stick in waves. Well, guess what: The first wave is here, and it’s a massive one: Chromecast got support for local media playback, podcasts, Facebook (S FB) photos and more Tuesday, thanks to newly-added support for apps from Plex, RealPlayer (S RNWK) Cloud, Vevo, Viki and others.
Chromecast users will be especially happy about local file playback, a feature that had been requested ever since the device launched in July. Now, there are multiple options available, including the popular media center app Plex.
The makers of Plex had long expressed interest in Chromecast, but never actually announced that they were going to add support for it. However, we reported last week that a user had found Chromecast configuration files within Plex, suggesting that support was imminent.
Now, Plex is…
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