AirCast Android app shares Gallery, Dropbox and Google Drive files to Chromecast

August 18, 2013
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Chromecast

A developer has released a first Android app that will let users cast local content from various applications to their TVs by using Google’s Chromecast dongle.

Koushik Dutta, a well-known developer to Android fans, released the first AirCast APK, which can be already be tested by users interested in streaming local content to their Chromecast.

The developer demoed such applications in the past few weeks, showing how content can be shared from Gallery or Dropbox, but we wasn’t able to share them with the community as they were built using the Chromecast SDK.

Now, he says he has bypassed the current SDK-related restrictions, by reverse engineering the Chromecast protocols:

I spent a couple hours yesterday reverse engineering the Chromecast protocols. Great success! I am now able to get around all the developer whitelist restrictions. I'm actually not using the Chromecast or MediaRouter SDKs at all anymore.

AirCast is an Android app that lets you share videos from your Gallery, Dropbox, or Drive, straight to your Chromecast enabled TV.

The APK (available at the Source link below) will “self destruct in 2 days,” said Dutta, which means you still have time to test it out.

The developer has also recorded a demo for the application, available above – initially, the app was called AllCast, as you can see in the video, but the name has been changed to AirCast.

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