Every time we’ve talked about apps that expand the functionality of the Chromecast dongle, we say that the app is not publicly released. Google has kept a tight reign on the Chromecast SDK, and apps would have needed to be whitelisted to be used by the public. Koush was tired of waiting, so he decided to reverse engineer all the Chromecast protocols. He has recreated the AirCast app without using the SDK whatsoever.
Now, you can download a test version of the AirCast app. It will allow you to stream local gallery, Dropbox or Google Drive content to your Chromecast dongle. You can control the media using notification controls or controls in the app itself. It’s that easy, and that’s why AirCast is awesome: It’s simple.
However, keep in mind that it is a test version. There can and will be bugs. A major bug is that some devices don’t show the AirCast button in the gallery. One of the devices affected is the HTC One, so keep that in mind. Since it is a test version, it will stop working after two days. By that time, Koush will have probably released another version with less bugs.
If you’re feeling adventurous, hit the source link to download the app and start playing with it! It’ll make your Chromecast a lot more useful, and you can help with bug reporting for Koush. And don’t forget to tell us what you think of the app and how it works!