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Developer mod brings video and audio Chromecast streaming from any app

By Justin Kahn
Aug 12, 2013
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  1. Google's Chromecast is primed to be one of the better media sharing solutions on the market, especially once third party developers starting implementing Chromecast streaming directly in to their apps.

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  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    This would happen eventually. I knew it.
     
  3. Forgive my ignorance, but If a developer was a able to do this, why doesn't Google implement this level of streaming into Android natively (or maybe they will in Key Lime Pie?) ?
     
  4. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    xactly, Chromecast came out at the same time as Android 4.3 so its doubtful they had time to add this feature directly into the OS itself. Besides, they count on developers to do some of the legwork so that they can then implement it themselves after watching someone else do it. Otherwise how would they sell the "open OS" concept of Android over iOS? Gotta leave some of the fun stuff for the developers.
     
  5. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    If this can work with apps like Archos video and MX Player, I am sold.
     
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,757   +96

    But this means you have to use their ROM on your Android tablet, Android Desktop, Android laptop an etc. Make it apk app so everyone doesn't have to use their ROM to run it. This where I won't even go there. I don't have this Chromecast as I knew there was something Google didn't mention during the Live Webnar about it.

    The other way is to run Mini HDMI out to full HDMI cable to HDTV or Full HDMI to Full HDMI. Or you can get one of those Android Equiso media streamer which has HDMI connector and turn your HDMI port into Android Computer on your PC. Comes with Remote/Keyboard.

    Then you can run Archos Video Player on your HDTV without the need to run it off your Android Tablet. The cost of this Equiso Streaming Smart Stick cost $39 bucks.
     
  7. They can but they don't want to. They make money if you buy content via the play store so it's in their best interest to make you start there. They are smart though in that opening it up to other apps will broaden it's appeal to a wider audience which means more potential for google play purchases.
     


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