As expected, the recently released Chromecast was taken apart, put back together, rooted, hacked, and investigated deeply by tons of developers this past week, as the device became available to the public in limited quantities.
It looks like some good has already come out of it, as Koushik Dutta has already built an application that will allow users to stream local media from their phones straight to their TVs via Chromecast.
He made the announcement yesterday on his G+ page.
Wrote my first Chromecast app. Send anything in your gallery to your TV via the standard share button. Images and movies (at full framerate). It works like magic.
Also looking at sending music and playlists.
He later reveals that he is looking into working on a desktop application or Chrome extension which will allow for the same streaming of local media, but on the computer.
This definitely makes Chromecast even more useful for a ton of people, however the application cannot yet be distributed to the public because of Google’s policy with its Beta SDK, which states that written permission from Google is required before releasing the app. If Google sends it through to the Play Store, this will be good news for everyone.
Check out his demonstration video after the break.