For its $35 price tag, Google’s Chromecast is already fairly inexpensive. Still, you might be able to save that money by re-purposing an Android device with the right output cable, such HDMI or MHL, and Cast Receiver, a third-party app that lets your Android KitKat device act like a Chromecast.
The Pocketables blog pointed out Cast Receiver on Friday, which you can find on the XDA Developers site in two versions. One is for devices with root access while the other is a standard version. If you install the latter you won’t be able to screen cast from one Android to another due to a [company]Google[/company] app signature mismatch.
Since Cast Receiver is a third-party app it may not support every typical Chromecast-capable app, but the following have been tested with success: YouTube, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, Google Photos, Plex and Chrome for Android. [company]Netflix[/company] isn’t yet working but the developer of Cast Receiver is working on it.
Is it easier to just drop $35 on a Chromecast for official widespread app support? Of course. But having Cast Receiver on Android could be useful in a pinch when you need share a presentation or other media file. And it could give new live to an old Android device in the process.