The Chromecast was a big surprise to us, and it is an amazing addition to Google’s hardware lineup, but no one can deny it was a little limited at launch. True, it does very little locally, but cloud computing opens a ton of opportunities. It was only a matter of time before developers got to work on some awesome apps that take advantage of that.
First, we had the surprising GameBoy emulator running on the Chromecast. While that isn’t particularly useful, it really shows the power of the Chromecast and its infinite potential. But now, we have the first app for Chromecast that’s genuinely useful. Developer Koush has created an app called Phone to Chromecast, and it does what the title implies: sends media from your phone to your Chromecast on your TV.
The app that will show up when you hit Share in the Gallery, so you can share local photos and videos straight to your TV. Koush demonstrates this by taking a video and immediately sharing it to the TV. It seems to work very fast and smooth, so we can call that a success.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t released the app yet. It looks to be unfinished, considering it has no icon. We hope we’ll get it soon, because this is an awesome use of the Chromecast. What do you think of this app? Does it make your brand new Chromecast more useful? Leave a comment!