September 13, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Android firmwares straight from OEMs usually have a rather poor choice of wallpapers available to select from. If you are looking for some good looking alternatives, you may want to consider downloading a wallpaper application or finding your desired background manually. Unlike Android, the Google Chromecast quite the opposite, shipping with quite a few beautiful images and pictures.
If you weren’t able to find a good looking wallpaper the old fashioned way, XDA Forum Member donniemceduns has made a handy application full of more than a few eye catching options. Chromecast Wallpapers, as the name suggests, is a collection of stock Chromecast wallpapers that have been made available for use on Android devices. The concept behind this app is very easy. It simply downloads one of the 680 stock wallpapers and sets it as your background.
Every available image is available in in 1920×1080 resolution, so it should fit most mid-range or high-end devices available on the market. The wallpapers are hosted online, so be sure to use this application while you are connected to the Internet. Some wallpapers can be very big in file size, so using it while connected to WiFi seems to be a smart idea.
Don’t let your screen be boring. Get the Chromecast wallpaper application and give it some new life by selecting one of almost 700 beautiful pictures and images.
August 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Google Chromecast has become rootable once again! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Android L potentially being called Lemon Meringue Pie and be sure the check out the article talking about the Hotel and conference rates special for this year’s xda:devcon! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer Tom released a video showing you how to manually factory reset your Samsung Gear Live Android Wear Smartwatch. Then Newcomer Droidmodd3rx showed off CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Over the six months, the Google Chromecast has gained a considerable amount of official functionality. Ever since its SDK was released, there has been a flood of applications for Google’s wallet-friendly media streamer have become available. But despite the official added functionality, there was still a divide between what official users could do and what users with root access were able to do.
Acquiring root at first was surprisingly easy–leading some to believe that this was intentional on Google’s part. Unfortunately, however, it was not long before the security vulnerability was closed and acquiring root access was no longer possible on updated units. And making matters worse, the first time you connect the device to the Internet, it will attempt to update itself to the latest firmware. Fast forward to now, and users still had no way of acquiring root access on updated devices.
Luckily, this didn’t stop developers from trying. Team-Eureka, GTVHacker, and failOverflow have just announced that they jointly discovered and exploited a new vulnerability in the Chromecast that allows the current software build (17977) to be rooted. This means that if you have an updated device that you were never able to root before it installed the latest update, you are now able to get in on all the root-only fun.
Now before we all jump for joy, there are a few things to keep in mind. For starters, you need some hardware in order to use this method. You need to own either a Teensy 2 or Teensy2++ hardware device. You also need the loader app to program the device. You also need a flash drive, which all of us already have, a powered USB OTG cable, and about 5 minutes of time. Now some of you may be a bit miffed at needing hardware in order to root the device, but let’s look at it this way: The price of a Chromecast plus a Teensy unit is still cheaper than most Roku boxes.
If you have all of the above requirements and you want to get rooted, you now can. Make your way over to the HubCap Root Exploit thread to get started.
Just two days ago, we talked about how the Google Chromecast gained beta support for Android device screen mirroring. This new feature, which was originally discussed in the Google I/O 2014 keynote, is made possible by the latest Chromecast Android app update and the recently released Chromecast 17250 firmware.
While the newfound Android device mirroring capabilities are quite useful, they are also quite limited. Sure, the functionality works practically flawlessly on officially supported devices. However, only 14 devices are currently approved to screencast to the Chromecast.
Luckily, this is XDA-Developers, where dreams come true and OEM limitations removed. And like various other third party development efforts in the past, the Chromecast mirroring functionality has now been extended to other devices. This work comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member r3pwn, who was able to create a root-enabled application that fools the standard Google Chromecast companion app into thinking that you’re running a supported device.
Naturally, there will be issues on certain devices. As such, this is currently marked as “experimental,” until more devices are tested. However, we already know that the Xperia Z1, HTC One M8, Samsung Note 8, and Note Pro 12.2 are working fine. The Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are hit or miss, but unfortunately the Evo 3D doesn’t seem to work at all. This is, of course, in addition to the 14 officially supported devices. It is reasonable to assume that only devices running KitKat MR1 (4.4.1) will be able to use this functionality.
If you wish to enable Chromecast mirroring from your Android device, you are n ow free to do so. Simply make your way over to the Chromecast mirroring thread to learn more.
Ever since the Google Chromecast was released a little under a year ago, it’s had a relatively interesting life. On one hand, Google’s diminutive $35 media streamer was always an excellent budget friendly media streamer for those happy living in the cloud. But up until very recently, the little streamer never offered too many content sources. This has began to change when Google opened up the device with the release of the Chromecast SDK. Now, the Chromecast gains an even more highly requested feature: Android screen mirroring.
You may recall that this upcoming feature was first mentioned during the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Now thanks to the latest 17250 firmware and an update to the Chromecast Android app (version 1.7.4, up from 1.5.5), the feature is here. To enable mirroring, simply open the slide-out “hamburger menu” in the Chromecast app, and click “Cast Screen.” Alternatively, those running Nexus devices can access the feature through the Quick Settings menu.
Unfortunately, Chromecast mirroring doesn’t support all devices just yet. First off, the feature only works on Android 4.4.1 or higher. In addition, only the following 14 devices are officially supported at this time:
The update hasn’t gone live for everyone just yet. However, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK for your early access pleasure.
With Android screen mirroring, the Chromecast has just become significantly more versatile. The coming of this highly requested feature is definitely better late than never. Do you see yourself using it? Let us know in the comments below!
A few years ago, not many people expected that music would be streamed from the Internet legally. Then came services like Spotify, which allow users to stream music on various devices. It’s officially available for Windows, OSX, Linux (outdated, but still), and on almost every mobile operating system. The one device that is missing on this list is the Chromecast—well, “was” missing.
Thanks to XDA Forum Member NOPDevelopments, Spotify can be used with the Chromecast. Spoticast is an unofficial port of Spotify and was made without any official affiliation. To try it on your Chromecast, you need to have a premium account and enable “Device Broadcast Status” in the application. Spoticast fully integrates with your screen, so you can see album art and the progress bar directly in high quality. It’s an early release, so not everything will work as expected. For example, there’s a slight delay and few bugs that still need to be squashed, but having Spotify on Chromecast is great nevertheless.
If you are using Spotify often and want to use it on your Chromecast, make your way to the applcation thread and give Spoticast a try.
April 9, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
The world of Google Chromecast users is divided up into the Haves and the Have-Nots. By this, I am of course referring to whether or not a particular user was lucky enough to attain root access before the device updated itself to the root-blocking build 12840 OTA.
Earlier today, the Chromecast started receiving an OTA update to build 16664. No, this version does not bring back root access by way of a vulnerable bootloader. Rather, it offers bug fixes, stability improvements, saved volume preferences, improved IPv6 support, and improved DNS robustness. Now when dealing with a device in such a precarious situation where root is no longer attainable, you’d generally be faced with a choice: stay rooted and possibly be one step behind when it comes to updates, or go back to the official firmware and say goodbye to root. But thanks to the folks at Team-Eureka, this is a no brainer for rooted users.
Earlier today, Team-Eureka released an update to their Eureka-ROM and rooted stock ROM, both rebased on the latest 16664 OTA. And as we mentioned before, Eureka-ROM adds quite a bit of functionality to your Chromecast such as root shell access, alternate DNS servers, custom whitelists, and a web-based control panel. But if root access is all that tickles your fancy, they offer that as well.
February 17, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC America participated in a Reddit AMA and spoke about their future plans! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that the Huawei Ascend P6 is getting an Android KitKat beta and their is now a way to stream your local content on your Chromecast with LocalCast!
Jordan talks about how Google acquired a sound-based login company. Be sure to check out XDA Developer TV videos from last week including XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s Xposed Tuesday video for Complete Action Plus, Jordan’s introduction to ART, and XDA TK’s Android App Review of Quickr. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
February 15, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Chromecast is a blast, no doubt about it. A small USB stick-like device that can do magic with your TV is something that might interest even skeptics. Streaming YouTube videos or some other multimedia was never so easy. Not so long ago, we talked about Google making the Chromecast SDK available to developers. As you will read in a moment, Android-Chromecast is capable of doing some really amazing things.
XDA Senior Member dakdroid, who also created the rather interesting music player beat, created another useful app. This time, your phone or tablet will easily stream media directly from your device to your TV. The list of supported formats is quite long, including H.264, MP4, and WebM. Using this application is extremely easy, as all you need to do is connect via the LocalCast app, select a video, and relax watching some of your favorite local media.
If you are a happy user of one of the smallest Google devices and have a phone or tablet with Android greater than 2.3, you should definitely visit the application thread and give LocalCast a shot.
February 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4 KitKat for the Verizon HTC One has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that the Samsung Galaxy S2 is getting official CyanogenMod 11 nightlies and the Chromecast SDK is now available for your Hacking pleasure! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for MinMinGuard, AdamOutler showed us how to create a internet controlled powerstrip, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Android Hub. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
February 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
The $35 Google Chromecast has had a bit of a chequered history in its relatively short six-month lifespan. While the device offered streaming video and audio capabilities previously seen only in far more costly accessories, the list of officially supported services has always been quite sparse. At first this looked like it would be only a minor inconvenience, as the device was promptly rooted and given some nice aftermarket developer love. But that root exploit was promptly closed off in a forced OTA update, leaving unrooted Chromecast owners SOL.
During the Chromecast’s tenure occupying our valued HDMI slots, we’ve seen a few solutions appear that enabled local media playback. However, the underlying method these tools used was unfortunately closed off. Then some time ago, a handful of additional apps were released with support for the Chromecast. And not too long after that, Google got off of its lazy rear and added support for Play Music and Play Movies from the Web. We even caught a few hints that official first-party Android mirroring would be coming to Google’s little media streamer. But for many, all of these advancements are unfortunately not enough.
Now, Google has taken the first true steps in making the Chromecast a bit more open, thanks to the public release of the Google Cast SDK. The SDK allows you to create a “sender application” for Android, iOS, or Chrome, as well as a “receiver application” that can be implemented in the style of your choosing.
Developers looking to get started with Chromecast app development should head over to the Google Cast SDK release page to learn the basics. From there, head over to the Developer Guide, register your device appropriately, and start coding. A list of supported APIs can be found here.
So, what about end users? Well, now it’s simply a waiting game for more powerful Chromecast apps to appear. We’re glad to see development for the Chromecast open up a bit, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for this little media streamer. What are your thoughts on the Chromecast? Share in the comments below, and don’t forget to make your way over to the Google Chromecast forum!
Not too long ago, we talked about KyoCast by XDA Forum Member Kyonz. For those who may not remember, KyoCast allowed users to bypass Google’s predefined whitelist of supported services. It worked by redirecting any requests for whitelist information over to KyoCast servers, where various third party services and applications are allowed.
Now as Kyocast support is drawing to a close, a fantastic replacement has emerged in the form of Eureka-ROM for the Google Chromecast. The work comes from the aptly titled Team-Eureka (consisting of XDA Forum Members Kyonz and tchebb, and Recognized Contributorddggttf3), and it is based on the 14975 stock build, but with additional features. This builds from their previous release entitled PwnedCast, but with additional goodies.
So far, the ROM features quite a healthy features list, including disabled OTAs, modified DNS servers, root access, custom OTA engine, and of course, custom whitelisting. There’s even a web-based control panel, where you can get device info, enable or disable the OTA system, select your whitelist provider, enable or disable content services, use custom DNS servers, and more.
In order to get going, you need to first install the previously covered FlashCast. From there, you simply include the latest 1.1 version of Eureka-ROM on your FlashCast USB drive and proceed like normal. After about 9 minutes, you can genuinely proclaim, “Eureka!”
Make your way over to the original thread to get started.
December 13, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now available for the current Google Nexus devices and its source code has been released. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that the LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Z Ultra now have Google Play Edition Devices and the Ubuntu Touch project has announced future devices. That’s not all that covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Android Tuner, Jordan showed us what the new Android 4.4.1/ Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates include, and TK gave us an Android App Review of List My Apps. Pull up a chair and check out this video.