Chromecast hack enables AirPlay-like streaming from mobile

News Richard Goodwin 08:46, 31 Jul 2013

A Google Chromecast app has added AirPlay-like video and image streaming to the dongle

When Chromecast launched alongside Android 4.3 and the Nexus 7 (2013 edition) last week, it was clear the ability to send images and video direct from a mobile device to the Chromecast dongle was missing.

Popular devices garner developer support fast and now we’re hearing reports that ClockworkMod developer Koushik Dutta has figured out a method of sending video and images direct from a phone or tablet to Google’s Chromecast dongle. 

Dutta’s ‘Phone to Chromecast app can fling pictures or videos stored on the phone directly to the dongle – apparently thanks to web server software he'd already created for Android,’ reports Engadget. 

Dutta has not given specific details on codecs or resolutions, but claims video content works ‘like magic’ and at full framerates. There is a caveat, however, and it is to do with Chromecast’s SDK terms and conditions. To cut a long story short: Dutta cannot distribute his application without written permission from Google. 

For now, all we have is a demo of the app in action that Dutta posted to Twitter, which you can watch below:

At present Google Chromecast is a US-only product. Google has not yet confirmed whether it will be releasing the TV dongle outside the US. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Chromecast is selling very well, so perhaps that will inspire Google to initiate a wider rollout of the product? 

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