No “Allcast” for Chromecast: Google Suspected of (But Denying) Overregulating

27 Aug


According to various prominent news sources, Google may be intentionally trying to dissuade TV users from streaming their local media content via Chromecast, a TV dongo released by the internet search giant that facilitates multimedia transfers and playback.

Suspicions of foul play were first brought to attention by app developer Koushik Dutta, whose “Allcast” app—designed with the intention of letting Chromecast users stream directly from Google Drive, Dropbox, and other personal libraries— was disabled by Google in a recent software update.

Dutta views Google’s actions as an indication that Chromecast may not be “indie developer friendly,” and that the internet giant may eventually choose to only approve content from media companies. He also claimed, via a recent google + post, that this is the “second time” the company has purposefully blocked the Chromecasts’ local video playback support.

The policy, if it continues, will no doubt generate a lot of disappointment, particularly among long-time Android loyalist who are generally accustomed to the kind of freedom and flexibilities provided by Android. Interestingly, when inquired about the aforementioned issue by The Verge, Google denied being involved in any sort of foul play, citing development issues as the main reason for disabling the local playback feature.

The company’s  full statement to The Verge:

“We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It’s still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available.”

The original article from The Verge can be seen here

Koushik Dutta’s aforementioned google + post

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