Renowned developer Koushik Dutta, who is also affiliated with the CyanogenMod team has been working closely with Google’s Chromecast media dongle. He has now formally shown off his new hack which allows users to mirror Android on a Chromecast dongle. In a new video uploaded by Koush, he shows off how he can play Flappy Bird from his phone and mirror it to his television connected to a Chromecast.
The performance is not very impressive as there’s considerable amount of lag involved, so it’s not really meant for gaming. But if you wish to watch movies or read documents on a big screen, this could serve a very good purpose. The feature will soon be made available for public use, but there’s no ETA at this point. Thanks to a hack like this, users can convert their $30 Chromecast into an Android mirroring tool with relative ease. Fans are hoping that this feature will be added as an update to AllCast, but Koush hasn’t confirmed if that will happen.
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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.
Koushik Dutta is starting to become a notable developer for the Chromecast, developing programs to make Dropbox media, local file media and a CyanogenMod program allowing the user to cast any media onto the Chromecast.
Currently, Google will not allow third party apps on the Chromecast, as the SDK is still in beta. Any Chromecast’s using third party apps will be whitelisted. Dutta has reverse engineered a way to add his new app and allow Chromecast users to enjoy new casting.
Called AirCast, the app currently allows users to cast videos from the mobile gallery, Dropbox or Drive onto the TV. The app self destructs after two installed days, but Dutta hopes to fix this when Google opens up support for the app.
The app works through the Android Sharing portal, when the user clicks on the share icon, they will see all the usual sharing portals and then the cast button. Once the user clicks the cast button, the mobile will connect with the Chromecast. Lag should be expected, but early adopters say the experience is good, all things considered.
AirCast is already trademarked by Samsung so Dutta may have some trouble getting the actual app out under that name. He is looking for ideas on the name, we have already heard the PiCast, the open source alternative to Chromecast.
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Developer Koushik Dutta is at it again with yet another new app for the Chromecast. This time, he taps into the CyanogenMod framework extensions, to allow any audio or video to be cast onto the TV.
Chromecast is still in beta and Google doesn’t know what it is going to do with the project. We assume apps from third party applications will be allowed to use the Chromecast SDK in a variety of ways and developers will be able to tinker with the SDK.
This is a big step up, basically making all audio and video media capable of being cast, as long as it is in the MediaPlayer on CyanogenMod. For start up Android users, setting this up may be a little complex, plus the application is not available to download yet.
Recently Dutta created a way to cast local media files from Android gallery onto the TV and made it possible to cast media files from Dropbox. While this is a third party working on a third party app, if one developer can do it simply we believe there will be no problem for the main development team.
Chromecast has received support from Vimeo, HBO Go, Hulu, Pandora and Netflix so far. The overwhelming demand for the TV dongle has forced Google to take off the Netflix offer and Amazon is experiencing three month delays for units.
A new root access management app has just been released over at Google Play which is developed by Koushik Dutta, the same person responsible for bringing to us apps such as Carbon ROM Manager and ClockworkMod custom recovery. What sets this app apart from other root access management apps is that it is completely open source.
Dutta in an explanation as to why he made the app open source said that any root access management app should be open for independent security analysis and that closed source apps is not security. Superuser has the distinction of being AOSP buildable so that developers can easily integrate it in their custom ROMs.
Superuser can now be downloaded over at Google Play for free. You will need a device running on at least Android 2.2 and a storage space of 1.5 MB.
This app is an alternative to the closed source SuperSu and comes with a variety of features which are listed below.
- Multiuser support
- Open Source
- Pin protection
- Manifest permission support
- Per app configuration
- Request timeout
- Proper Tablet UX
Because this app is open source anyone can examine and scrutinize the source code for any vulnerability. This improves the overall security of the Android platform since it can easily be reported to the developer and get fixed.
Koush has listed several reasons as to why you should be using this app. Some of the most popular reasons is that it’s free, it’s open source, it can easily be updated, and can handle multiusers properly.
Superuser is already merged with CyanogenMod and is included in the nightlies starting today.