Chromecast First Update and First App [Video]

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As one of the most talked about devices the Chromecast, you would hope app developers and those of network television would get to making apps that would work with it ASAP. Well, I have some good news for you. And for those who have to have an app now, again good news.

First Update
Performance, reliability and security are all improved in the coming update. The Chrome Releases blog has announced a scheduled over-the-air update for the Chromecast will begin pushing out in the next few days. The update is said to improve reliability, security and performance — things that we always appreciate when they are at their best.

The best part of the news is that you’ll never know you’re getting the update, and that you don’t have to do anything to get it. Like Chrome OS on any of the Chromebooks, the update will be downloaded and applied automatically without telling you or needing your intervention. Some of us like to know every little version bump, but for the most part, seamless updates are appreciated by consumers. Those that want to know can read Android Central, everyone else can just enjoy the enhancements.

No Public Connections
According to John Affaki, Engineering Manager for the dev experience on Chromecast. Says that you can’t use Chromecast on a public network such as Wi-Fi in hotels. “You’ll run into a slew of problems. The major one is that most hotels, even if you get on the wifi, disable peer to peer communication, so you won’t be able to control it. Second, Chromecast doesn’t support captive networks right now (open networks with a login page). There may be some work around for this one (by doing certain things on your laptop), but given that you probably won’t be able to get past the first item, it’s not work going into here. Which basically leads to the best way to do it, and that’s to setup a hotspot with your laptop or phone. “

First App in Development
An HBO Go app for Google’s HDMI dongle is being actively considered by the pay channel, according to a network rep. But there is another app that works, yet can’t be released just yet. Koushik Dutta, the developer behind ClockworkMod, is in the process of developing an app which will enable you to “cast” photos or videos stored locally on any Android device directly to your HD TV.

Dutta records a short clip of his sleepy disinterested dog; he subsequently clicks a single button to push the video to his Chromecast unit, and within a few seconds, it is playing on his TV. Chromecast owners will have to wait a while to get their hands on the app; as the terms of the beta SDK prevents developers from releasing and distributing any APKs, until Google gives them the green light. The app fully utilizes the vast range of customizable sharing options that are built within Android, allowing users to successfully push content from a smartphone running 4.3 Jelly Bean to a Chromecast unit.

I always say this I love the smart hacker or programmer who can create something. Especially for this limited featured device. This is a cool app, and I know it’s going to be top of the PlayStore for downloads I do hope he has a free version and a purchased version like many apps. Keep on doing great things you smart hacker/programmer.

Forrest L. Rawls

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