App allowed streaming multimedia content to Chromecast from Android apps including the photo gallery, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
Google has released an update for its $35 Chromecast dongle that blocks AllCast, which is a third-party streaming app that enables users to stream own content to their TVs via the dongle.
The app allowed streaming multimedia content to Chromecast from Android apps including the photo gallery, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
According to AllCast application developer Koushik Dutta the latest Chromecast update purposely stops supporting AllCast by disabling ‘video_playback’ support from the ChromeCast application.
Dutta alleges that this was the second time the search engine major purposefully removed/ disabled the ability to stream media from external sources.
Google said in a statement that the company is working 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," the company said.
"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."
Launched in late July 2013, the dongle device also streams media content over a Wi-Fi network to a TV, via a PC, smartphone or tablet as well as through Google’s YouTube app.
It can also be used as a remote control by enabling users to switch on a TV, change the volume, pause, skip and play content.