Google responds to claims they intentionally blocked Chromecast app


Koushik Dutta worked for a few weeks on his AllCast app, after previewing many of the functions in short YouTube videos, it was reverse engineered onto the Google Play store for users with an Android smartphone and Chromecast.

Google recently updated the Chromecast with some firmware updates and this blocked AllCast functionality. The Chromecast is still in beta and likely to change before its final release, but Dutta thought the update was in direct response to his app.

AllCast was also an app in beta, with a self-destruct timer and some minor lag when getting media from local files, Dropbox or Google Drive. This has not stopped Dutta from ranting at Google’s quick movement to block the app from working.

In Google’s defence, the company never claimed the Chromecast would be open for anyone to develop and work on. Google wants the Chromecast to remain a closed system and Google will be the only one designing the interface and making the SDK. Dutta’s app went against this idea and Google treaded on it before it exploded.

If Google can keep content under their rules and guidelines, it will look a lot more friendly for media services. Some services have already pledged their support with the Chromecast’s quick user adoption, selling out on Amazon quickly.

Whether Google wants to make the Chromecast open is up to them, they have been pushing open standards on Chrome and Android for a while now, even with their grip and guidelines becoming tighter.


One Comment

Leave a Reply
  1. How is this Google “responding” to anything? This is the writer sticking up for google with a recycled opinion. The truth is that Google has hobbled the device. I can already get a Favi SmartStick if I just want to stream the usual suspects to any TV with an HDMI port. So I don’t see the point. If I could stream ripped video, games, and pics from my phone to any TV with an HDMI port, well that’s useful. Just another straw across the camel back. There’s more reason to move away from Google every year. If it can happen to Nokia and Microsoft, it can happen to any company. They have Bingified and ruined the search engine. They shut down services I depend on, like Activesync and Reader. They forcefully push Google+ in your face at every turn. They declare I have zero expectation of privacy. They push hobbled devices that make users dependent on streaming over local storage. I mean really. All I need from them anymore is Google Maps. I don’t leave because? I’m not going to Apple. I can’t stomach the whole Metro interface gack that Microsoft is pushing. Google wins by default. They also win because of XDA Devlopers and the hard working folks turning out custom ROMs that make Android the best.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *