CheapCast; Turn any Old Device into a fully functioning Chromecast:
CheapCast is just another name being thrown into the World Wild Web. Whilst Google’s Chromecast surprised everyone with its successful launch last month and provided Google with an opening through which it can extend the presence of its services to the living rooms; something it has been trying to do for a long time. According to many observers, the Chromecast has become so popular due to the sheer simplicity of its design. All you have to do is plug the Chromecast into any HDMI-supporting device and once you have Wi-Fi connectivity, you will be able to push videos and music from your Android devices to the HDMI TV though the Chromecast app. The device is incredibly fast and you don’t have to dig through menus to find the required app that would otherwise make this possible.
But what if you don’t want to spend $35 for a device that performs such a simple function? A developer by the name of Sebastian Mauer may have a potential solution for you. He has made a free app by the name of Cheapcast that is able to turn an Android device into a sort of Chromecast.
Simply open the Cheapcast app on your Android device and connect to another Android device on your network that also has Cheapcast installed. So, say you have a tablet with Cheapcast and HDMI output capability, simply plug that tablet into your TV and stream through any other Cheapcast-enabled device with the use of Wi-Fi.
The media stream directly from the internet so you don’t have to keep the music or video player in your phone or tablet open at all times, you can simply exit it and then use other apps or surf the web while your video continues to be played on the other device. If you want to use the pause, play functions then you can access the Chromecast controls through the notification tray.
Cheapcast currently does not support streaming from a Chrome browser due to its use of WebRTC but that may soon change.
Many users have complained of running into problem when trying to make Cheapcast work with Netflix and Google Music but that is understandable as the app is still pretty much in its early stages of development and has a long way to go.
Cheapcast is a great alternative for users who do not want to spend money on a Chromecast and if Sebastian Mauer can smooth out the issues currently being encountered by users then it can potentially challenge the Chromecast itself!
Below is a video of the Cheapcast emulator in action and if you want to try it out, you can download the app here.
[Via: Android Police]