The Chromecast was only recently released, but its functionality is still a little limited. For the price, no one can complain, but there’s no denying it has more potential. It can only stream from supported apps at the moment, and while app developers are working on adding support, other developers are looking to push Chromecast forward in different ways. Developer Koush has created a feature for CyanogenMod that allows any app that uses standard Android audio and video APIs to stream to a Chromecast dongle.
Yes, only a few weeks after release, the Chromecast is already capable of being independent of apps. You’ll need to be running CyanogenMod for system wide audio and video streaming to work when it’s released, but since it’s such a popular ROM, more devices will have access to it than won’t.
The modification works by notifying you when content is playing that can be sent to a Chromecast. You press a button in the notification shade, and it’s sent to your TV just like there was official support in the app. It’s very simple, and will work in apps like Twit.tv and BeyondPod. Any cloud content that’s playing will allow you to turn your phone’s display off while streaming, but local content requires the display to be on. That could be remedied in a future update though.
This feature should come to CyanogenMod nightlies soon, but Koush is waiting on Google to whitelist the Cast SDK. Unfortunately, his stuff won’t be released until then. Nonetheless, it’s great to see people working so hard on making that little $35 dongle so much more useful. If you haven’t purchased one, does this tempt you?