Developer Koushik Dutta, better known as the developer behind ROM Manager, the open source Superuser, Helium App Sync, DeskSMS, and many many other applications has decided to throw his hat into the Chromecast ring.
Chromecast, for those who have not been keeping up with such matters, allows you to stream directly from your Android, PC or Mac to your TV with some supported applications, but not all.
In a post at 1:18 this morning, Dutta detailed and demoed a CyanogenMod application he wrote, showing that anything which plays audio and video using the MediaPlayer APIs can be intercepted and broadcast to the Chromecast. One of the neat things is that cloud-based streaming can be started from the device, and then the device could be flushed down the toilet and the cloud-based streaming would continue – not so much if you’re streaming from the device, however.
At the moment it appears the code has not been checked into the CyanogenMod repo, so it’ll be a bit before builds with the modified framework and application start to roll, but it’s a pretty sweet gift for those who have Chromecast and an incentive for those of us who don’t.
So while it’s not quite capable of streaming all the things yet, it’s getting close and maybe will soon.
For the non-AOSP crowd, this mod required changes to the framework of CyanogenMod in order to function. Chances are there will not be a non-AOSP port of this for a while, so all the more reason to root your devices.