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Koush Releases AirCast App for Testing, Share Videos From Dropbox or Gallery to Chromecast

Koush – of ClockworkMod, ROM Manager, and Helium (to name a few) fame – took to Google+ this morning to share his first Chromecast app called AirCast. The app allows you to share videos that are locally stored on your Gallery, in Dropbox, or on Google Drive with a Chromecast device attached to TV. He claims that after a couple of hours of “reverse engineering” the Chromecast protocols, he was able to get around the currently in-place whitelist restrictions for Google’s new HDMI streaming dongle to create his latest piece of work.

The app is currently available for free for testing purposes. This first apk that can be downloaded will “self destruct” in two days. (Download Link)

Edit:  He has now changed the name to AirCast.

To use it, simply install on any Android device. Then open your Gallery (or Dropbox or Google Drive), locate a video you’d like to play, tap the Share button, and select AllCast. A pop-up will then let you decide which Chromecast (if you have more than one) you’d like to play the media through. Your video should start playing immediately. On-screen controls will appear, plus you can always access the currently playing video through a notification.

As you know, he’s been working all sorts of Chromecast angles, all while posting his success to Google+. And for this industry, having Koush focus this much time and energy into something can only be a good thing. If you test AirCast, be sure to stop off at the G+ thread below to point out errors or provide feedback.

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Via:  +Koush

Cheers Scott!

  • Peter Stover

    -newbie here- Im trying to tether my Chromecast using my Verizon Gnex (unrooted). Is that possible? The only computer i have is a Samsung Chromebook and no other home wifi. Its not connecting and all I’ve seen online is that it doesn’t. Do you guys have any good news for me? Any help is much appreciated.

  • Chatman

    Hope Box.com video support comes soon!

  • Snowbo13

    Works great on my gnex with my home wifi network. Too bad it will expire. But I know koush will release more.

  • Kelly OBrien

    Working like a champ on my galaxy toro nexus to my chromecast. Running AOKP UNOFFICIAL 8/10/13 lean kernel 3.0.85.

  • Brandon

    What happened with being able to cast anything from your phone? Didn’t Koush have something like that?

    • JRomeo

      that was for people who would root and flash a ROM on their phone………. but this is a single stand-alone app, which anybody can install, even if they are on stock un-modified android

  • pookietookie

    No go on my Gnex with latest AOKP ROM. In the gallery, AirCast doesn’t show up in the share list at all. I see it in Dropbox and Drive but when I share a photo with Chromecast, the TV goes black and nothing ever shoes up… even though on my Gnex it says Playback in Progress. Bummer…

    • lilsweepr

      i ran into that then realized, duh, it’s for videos. worked great after i came around to that.

  • Godzilla

    Why isn’t there a mobile site anymore kellex?

  • Justin Kos

    This dude is really an inspiration to people studying code..like me! :D

  • KleenDroid

    Kick ass!

    • CasperTFG

      I can get behind this. I will miss ‘amazing’ though.

      • KleenDroid

        Amazing will always be with us.

        Just thought this was kick ass.

        I think I will also download the movie Kick Ass and cast it now that I can.

        • CasperTFG

          Too bad Damon Macready got third degreed. That warehouse scene was stupid good. It was televised over the weekend. I generally don’t watch that type but, saw it all the way through.

  • mgamerz

    So he reverse engineered it and then released it without google’s approval?

    This will end well. Cue Microsoft Youtube joke.

    • Justin Kos

      Didn’t Google release the APIs for chromecast?

      • mgamerz

        It says he reverse engineered them so it didn’t need to be on the whitelist.

  • http://andreasolsson.me/ Andreas Olsson

    It works great! But does it work with pictures/photos?

    • Michael

      you can try and let us know….

    • fauxshizzl

      From what I understand pictures and most video codecs aren’t yet supported. This is a big step in the right direction though, I just don’t store video locally on my phone.

  • Dannyboy

    I was hoping he’d call it KoushCast

    • Dannyboy

      Also darn, not showing up on my 4.3 shiny rommed GNex.

    • Steve B

      Or DoucheCast :)

  • Ryan Stewart

    Koush is a best. It appears to work quite well. I have a bit of a lag now and again but I am still on an ancient wireless G router. Its time to get a new N router.

  • Jeffrey Gouse

    Just installed it on my Verizon GS4 and streamed a handful of short videos that I took on my last vacation, and it worked BEAUTIFULLY!!! No buffering issues or significant delays. The audio appeared perfectly synced.

    For the record, I was streaming MP4s stored on my 32 GB microSD card (so local storage as opposed to Dropbox or Google Drive), and I used the QuickPic app rather than stock Gallery.

  • Firelight

    GNex VZW (4.2.2) works great with this, Acer A510 (4.1.2) wouldn’t install.

  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    if you’re getting an error, then go to the google plus page and download it from there, until kellen updates the list at least.

  • Bill Hill

    MKVs will play picture but no sound :(

    • Bill Hill

      MP4s play fine

  • Donnie M.

    Keep getting an error parsing the package

  • Brady Wassam

    Will this install on Ron’s iPhone?

    • Brady Wassam
      • I Hate Newbs

        You can edit your original comment ya know. Newb
        /s

      • joejoe5709

        Sarcasm or not, I’m bored of this joke.

        • Justin Kos

          Bring back viva movil jokes

    • John Zandig

      Don’t need it. iPhones already have the more superior airplay built in.

      • Brady Wassam

        Touche lol.

  • Timothy McGovern

    I usually don’t poop, but today I think I will.

  • joejoe5709

    I’ve never kicked myself so hard for not being an early adopter. Missed that boat completely. :-( Hoping they’ll have more stock soon.

    • jathak

      Try a physical Best Buy store. I ordered one from Google Play day-of, but I picked up another one a few days ago for another TV. Best Buy is also still offering the Netflix deal.

    • Rbq

      Keep checking store availability on Bestbuy.com – Check it daily, I didn’t see any locally on Friday but yesterday I checked and one near my house said “In Store Only” – I rushed over there and they said they just got a truck in and had 3 dongles in their locked cage. It came with the 3 months of Netflix, too, which I was surprised by.

      • p0k3y

        Use nowinstock.net. I got 2 more the other day after setting up an alert. Both came with 3 mos of netflix. Don’t bother with the Play store.

  • Bill Hill

    What if we backup and reinstall every 2 days?

    • Patrick

      He said he was going to release other betas of it, so I would go to next one as they are released

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    • Kane Stapler

      It doesn’t work like that. You don’t get 3 days, rather the app will not work on August 21

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    There are a few android God’s and he’s def one of them

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  • http://us.playstation.com/ps4 Mark Cerny

    AirCast > AirPlay

    • Ron

      Lies.
      AirPlay>AirCast

      • Bill Hill

        U silly billy

        • David Parrella

          Well your name is actually Bill, so…..

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Lame attempt at a joke dude.

        • Mack 10

          What joke? You’re no mack.