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Make Nexus Q Your Chromecast Device with “Cheapcast”

When I posted about “An App That Does Chromecast Between Android Devices” I added a thought to the end of the article. I thought that Google TV will be suitable platform for such an experiment, Chromecasting without the dongle. But when the app was launched on Google Play Store as “Cheapcast”, G. Hussain Chinoy did something cool with it.

Make Nexus Q Your Chromecast Device with “Cheapcast”

He configured Nexus  Q to play the role of Chromecast dongle by installing the Cheapcast app on Nexus Q. Here is a shameless copy-paste of his Google Plus post, explaining how to get this set up:

+Sebastian Mauer’s CheapCast allows an Android device to act as a target for#chromecast  enabled applications. Android device == Nexus Q; chromecast enabled application ==   +Google Play  Music.

Connect your Nexus Q via USB to your computer. Make sure that USB debugging is on (via the Q app, Advanced settings).

> adb install cheapcast.apk  [see below]
> adb shell
shell@android:/$ am startservice at.maui.cheapcast/.service.CheapCastService

Now your Q’ll be recognized as a target for any Chromecast enabled app, like Google Play Music. Use your device (I’m using my S4 GPE) to start and enjoy!

Here’s the bespoke build (a bit different from the Google Play edition – it has the service exposed and autoboot for the service turned on):


The only drawback here is the fact that your are sideloading the app on Nexus Q. You will have to update the app manually when there is a new version. But making your Nexus Q useful again is totally worth it, if you ask me.

Anyone with a Nexus Q here? Thoughts?

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