The Google Chromecast software is not a new idea. The Nexus Q was introduced at I/O ’12 and it had the same basic functionality. There is one major difference between the unreleased Q and the Chromecast though: the Chromecast works with 3rd party applications.
When the dongle was announced last week by Google, they also announced that they would be slowly letting developers use the Chromecast development kit to create their own applications and integrate their services with the Chromecast. We already know that companies like HBO and Vevo plan to bring the added functionality to their mobile apps.
The latest application that we know that has been created is by the famous Android developer/hacker, Koushik Dutta. Most commilly known as Koush, is the creator of ClockWorkMod Recovery, ROM Manager, and Helium Backup. In a recent post on Google+, Koush informed the public that he had successfully created a Chromecast application that would allow users to stream videos and photos that are stored on their devices directly to their TVs. Unfortunately, it looks like Google is not letting developers release their applications yet though:
It has only been one week since developers started getting their hands on the Chromecast and its’ SDK so it is only a matter of time before we start seeing the release of some pretty amazing applications.