Hot on the heels of its launch of the Chromecast dongle, Google looks to have already released the source code to open-source, available on Google’s source code website at https://code.google.com/p/chromecast-mirrored-source/.
Cnx-software.com found it and managed to compile it but didn’t have a Chromecast dongle to try it out. Still, it appears you need some kernel binary files direct from Marvell before you can completely recreate the dongle code build – libGAL.so, libPEAgent.so, libOSAL.so, libOpenCrypto.so, libGtvCa.so all need to be available before ‘content_shell’ can be compiled.
It’s unclear at this stage whether Marvell will release these library files as open source.
Google released its $35 Chromecast dongle last week, containing a Marvel 88DE3005-A1 processor with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of flash. Wi-Fi is supplied by an Azurewave chip and power comes through a microUSB port. Chromecast differs from Miracast in that it hooks into your home Wi-Fi network and directly accesses web video content from sources such as YouTube and Netflix, controlled by your PC or mobile device. Miracast by contrast creates a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection between two compatible devices – the first playing and transmitting the audio/video; the second displaying it on your TV or monitor.
At this stage, Chromecast is only available in the US. There is no word about when it will become available in the rest of the world.
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