Exit the Chromecast Walled Garden with KyoCast
Posted November 7, 2013 at 07:30 am by Will Verduzco
As good of a value as the $35 Google Chromecast is, the device has so much potential that is trapped behind Google’s walled garden. The whitelist, which only allows certain services to work with the device, may be meant to ensure that everything works seamlessly. But for power users, this is only a roadblock to true device freedom.
So far, the device has gotten off to a rocky start in terms of modification. We quickly saw the device rooted, only to see the “exploit” patched in the following update. Ever since, the Chromecast world was divided into the haves and have-nots: those who were able to root before the automatic and unstoppable (once connected to the Internet ) update, and those who weren’t so lucky.
Up until now, however, there was little practical benefit to most end users to be rooted. Sure, it was cool due to its inherent novelty, but there wasn’t much added value to be had once root was achieved. Now, there’s a very practical reason to want to be in the former: KyoCast by XDA Forum Member Kyonz.
KyoCast allows you to get around Google’s whitelist easily. It comes in the form of a modified image that can be flashed to the device via the previously covered Flashcast. It works by redirecting traffic requests for whitelist information to KyoCast servers. Here, various third party services and applications are allowed.
So what services can you connect to so far? AOL, HBO, Post, Rev3, and Songza. Note, however, that this is just the list of added services. In other words, clients are not available yet, but they are bound to come soon. And of course, developers can contact Kyonz to get their services added to the modified whitelist. Finally, Kyonz provides a restore image to move back to the original hosts file, and thus the original whitelist.
Make your way over to the original thread to get started.
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