Will Verduzco · Aug 12, 2013 at 02:00 am

Turn Your Extra Android Device into a Chromecast Receiver with CheapCast

The Google Chromecast is a fantastic and cheap media streamer. Despite its (currently) limited functionality and patched root exploit, the convenience that comes with locating and queueing media from your mobile device makes the process of content discovery easier than any other set-top streaming solution. In addition to the convenience factor, the device’s price puts it in a distinct category.

Sometimes, however, $35 is just a tad too much to spend on something that doesn’t do a whole lot. Thanks to XDA Forum Member Maui, those with extra Android devices laying around can use them as Chromecast receivers for the low, low price of free.

Using and setting up the application is incredibly simple. All you have to do is install the app and enable the service. Within the app itself, users can change the friendly name, which is used to identify the Chromecast receiver. After the service has been enabled, CheapCast works just like the real deal, and is able to accept your casts from compatible applications. One limitation in the current beta, however, is the lack of support for Google Cast tab streaming from Chrome. Hopefully, a future revision will be able to add in this functionality.

If you have an extra Android Stick Computer in need of use, this should be right up your alley. Head over to the application thread to get your cheap on.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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