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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 2, 2013

Custom ROM Now Available for the Google Chromecast

Android is one of the most amazing mobile OSes ever released. The ability to mod and customize the OS so easily gives almost unlimited possibilities. The highly modified and stripped version seem on the Google Chromecast also has some potential. Not too long ago, we presented a custom ROM and recovery for Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Today we want to show another amusing development: a custom ROM for the Google Chromecast. For those who don't know what Chromecast is, it...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 7, 2013

Exit the Chromecast Walled Garden with KyoCast

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 27, 2013

Easier Chromecast Rooting/Modding, LOLCODE for Android, Half Life on Windows RT – XDA Developer TV

Update: The video is now online! We're very sorry for the inconvenience! You can now root your Google Chromecast easily with FlashCast if you have the correct firmware. 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 an article about generating NVflash blobs for the original Nexus 7 and other ASUS tablets and news about Pie Controls for all devices running Froyo and newer. Jordan talks...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 26, 2013

FlashCast Makes Chromecast Rooting Easy

Some time ago, we wrote about how the folks over at GTVHacker managed to root the Google Chromecast. Shortly thereafter, the secure boot vulnerability was closed, and this root method no longer worked. For this reason, many users refuse to let new Chromecast units connect to the Internet before first rooting and disabling OTAs. Naturally, if you have already connected your Chromecast and it has already updated its firmware, you cannot root the device at the moment. However, for those...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 23, 2013

Chromecast Local Playback and ADB, XDA Tablet Z Competition Results! – XDA Developer TV

You can now play almost any video on your Google Chromecast. That and much more Chromecast stories are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about Google's first party app updates and using Fling to view your local media on your Chromecast. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler released an unboxing of the Oppo...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 21, 2013

Fling Brings Local PC Media Files to Your Chromecast

We've talked quite a bit about the Google Chromecast in the past few weeks. Ever since it was launched a little under a month ago, the little $35 media streamer has lived an exciting life. From gaining root to losing root and from alternate receivers to alternate content providers, there have certainly been more than a few twists and turns. We were even recently shown how to enable ADB on the device, so long as you were one of the...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 20, 2013

Simple Guide for Using ADB on the Google Chromecast

To say that the Google Chromecast has had its share of ups and downs would be an understatement. Not too long after its launch, we learned of a method to root the device, thanks to broken image signature verification. Not too long afterward, however, this hole was plugged and root access was removed on OTA-updated devices. In the time since, we've also seen an application that emulates Chromecast functionality on any Android device, as well as an app that reverse...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 18, 2013

Play Almost Any Video on Your Chromecast with AirCast

One of the main downsides to the Google Chromecast is its inability to deal with a wide variety of content sources. After all, the device launched featuring official support for just Netflix, Google Movies, Google Music, and YouTube. Sure, the Google Chromecast also allows for tab mirroring using Chrome and the Google Cast extension on a traditional computer. However, this wasn't ideal for high resolution video due to various performance issues, and it still failed to provide a suitable solution...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 6, 2013

Fine Tune Your Chromecast Tab Streaming Settings

Love it or hate it, the Google Chromecast is an important device in Google's continuing journey into the living room. Sure, it's not quite as functional yet as other streaming options on the market, but the support will surely grow with time. While Google's diminutive streamer may not be as developer friendly as we would have liked, official support from large developers and content providers is sure to grow in due time. Until then, we must unfortunately rely on tab...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 2, 2013

Latest Google Chromecast OTA Blocks Root Method

Five days ago, we covered a rather useful discovery by the fine folks over at GTV Hacker, where due to a rather convenient oversight in the device's cryptography pathway, a to-be-flashed firmware's return code was never checked after passing through the device's image verification software. In other words, this meant that you could run your own firmware at will, and all you needed was a USB key, the appropriate firmware, and a powered USB OTG cable. At the time of...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 2, 2013

CyanogenMod Team Announces Nemesis with Focal Camera, Android 4.3 Brings TRIM Support – XDA Developer TV

If just having the latest Android 4.3 wasn't a good enough reason to upgrade, Android 4.3 has TRIM support! That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an announcement that CyanogenMod Team has realeased Focal from Project Nemesis and some forums were added for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Huawei Ascend P6. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV....

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 1, 2013

Chromecast: What You Need to Know – XDA Developer TV

Google’s press event caused the Internet great excitement. Besides the New Nexus 7 (2013), which was compared to the Old Nexus 7 and rooted here on XDA Developer TV, Google announced another exciting device: the Google Chromecast. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes a look at the Chromecast. TK shows how to set up the Chromecast device and then some examples of ‘casting’ an app to your telly through the Chromecast. TK even shows you how to do...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 29, 2013

Google Chromecast Exploited and Rooted, Taking Photos with the Proximity Sensor on Xperia Z – XDA Developer TV

The just-released Chromecast device has a secure boot exploit and has been rooted. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article about the new Android 4.3 update process and news about taking photos with the proximity sensor on the Sony Xperia Z. Also, be sure to check out Jordan's video on the Chromecast device. Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 28, 2013

Chromecast Secure Boot Exploit and Root

The Google Chromecast is shaping up to be quite a popular device. Largely due to its price point, adoption of Google's latest media streamer has been so high as to exhaust Google's free Netflix promotion. As exciting as the new device is, it's hard to disagree that the included feature set could be a bit better. However, as with all limited devices, it was only a matter of time before someone rooted it, and that's exactly what the folks over at GTV Hacker...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 25, 2013

Forums Added for the Google Chromecast and Galaxy Tab 3

If the release of Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7 didn't do quite enough for you, yesterday's Google event also marked the release of Google's new Chromecast. The diminutive media streamer will work with many apps to deliver seamless media streaming from services like Netflix and Pandora. It also can mirror tabs that you have open on any desktop instance of Chrome. And at just $35, it may well be quite the steal, but that depends largely on third-party development to support...

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