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Google says it will allow apps that stream local content to Chromecast

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday August 27, 2013.

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Google Chromecast debuted as a device for initiating streaming playback on a TV-connected dongle that is controlled by a smartphone. When Android developer Koushik Dutta released an app for local playback that was rendered unusable because of a Chromecast update on Sunday, many assumed that Google was kowtowing to media companies and preventing local playback to ensure that it could maintain favorable relationships with the premium content providers. Not so, says Google.

Dutta posted on Google+ that he believed Google intentionally updated Chromecast to block his AllCast app because the company does not want users to be able to play video from external sources like their locally-stored photos and videos. Those claims sparked dozens of articles and plenty of complaints on social networks, but Google has issued a statement affirming that it does plan to allow Chromecast users to play their locally-stored content. A statement issued to Techcrunch and other publications states:

"We're excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It's still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available."

Google is rapidly changing Chromecast and its development, so it discouraged developers from building apps with the preview SDK and distributing them. Dutta's AllCast app actually didn't use the SDK and was built by reverse-engineering the Chromecast process. Though the app's capabilities were broken once Google made a change to its streaming practices, Google states apps such as AllCast will be allowed at a later time. The Chromecast "crisis" has been averted for now.

source: Techcrunch

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