The Chromecast is very cheap, even without the three months of free Netflix that Google gave away in the first day of availability. But for some, it may still be too expensive, while many others simply can’t get hold of the device due to the limited availability of the device.

For those who want to try out the Chromecast experience without the device, German developer Sebastian Mauer might soon have the perfect solution. Mauer is in the early stages of developing CheapCast, an emulator that turns any Android device into a Chromecast receiver of sorts.

The app you can see in the video is a proof of concept for now, but it should work on any Android device, including HDMI sticks such as the Favi. That means you can get at least a part of the Chromecast functionality without buying a new device. I say part because Chrome tab casting isn’t supported for now by CheapCast, though streaming media like YouTube and Google Music should work just fine. Also, streaming stuttered in the video, though we’re not sure if that’s a limitation of the app or is due to other factors.

CheapCast is still in its early days, but this could turn into a very interesting project that we’ll definitely keep you posted on.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Nathan Alvarez

    Er, I kind of get the concept but isn’t the point of ChromeCast to get content from mobile devices to TV’s? This seems like a way to get content from mobile devices…to mobile devices…or am I missing something?

    • It’s basically nice for the convenience of using a device to send stuff another without hassle. For instance, many people have Android sticks that plugin to TVs, but navigating on them is a pain. With this, you could simply find a YT video on your smartphone and beam it to the stick. hassle free.

      • APai

        simple & effective explanation, thanks!

    • Thanh Nguyen

      Chromecast runs Android, so if you have an Android device plugged into a TV…

    • Alex Murphy

      I completely disagree. Chromecast is, at it’s core, about creating seamless connections between any two (or more?) devices. I can see great uses for this. What if you’re listening to music on your PC and you’re about to leave the house so you “cast” the music to your phone and it immediately starts playing? Or you’re out with a friend who has a tablet with him and you “cast” a video from your phone to his tablet. Endless possibilities :-)

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  • Scott R. Frost

    This would be great for my Ouya

  • Matthew Wypyszinski

    So this does…what? Sends information from my phone….to my TV….if i hook it up to the TV? you meen what every android phone out there could already do anyways -.-?