You could say the Chromecast has been well received over the past few months it’s become available. This cheap $35 dongle for your TV allows you to stream Netflix, Youtube, Chrome, and various other supported apps giving you the chance to stream high definition content from any device in the house. One of the main features was made more accessible with the Allcast app allowing you to stream almost anything to the Chromecast but now that’s all over since the latest update.
Koushik Dutta, the developer behind Allcast posted this on his Google+ page:
Heads up. Google’s latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled ‘video_playback’ support from the ChromeCast application.
The Allcast app had a pretty simple concept, it allowed you to stream almost anything from an Android smartphone’s Gallery, Dropbox, and Google Drive, but since the latest update the app has basically been rendered useless. Dutta also goes on to say that this is the second time Google has intentionally blocked the ability to stream media from external sources, he also says that “The Chromecast will probably not be indie developer friendly.” which is a real shame because some people have done great things with Google’s various OS’s.
The Chromecast is yet to make it’s way to the UK but as soon as it arrives, I’ll definitely be getting one, indie developer friendly or not.