South Korean Zimly might become Google Chromecast’s next featured app

Designed as a personal cloud solution focussed on media content, Zimly enables sharing videos across devices by streaming them from a PC

Image Courtesy: Zimly

Image Courtesy: Zimly

South Korea-based Nomad Connection, a software studio specialising in mobile media and content distribution solutions, recently launched Zimly. Designed as a personal cloud solution focussed on media content, it shares videos across devices by streaming them from a PC, allowing people to watch videos together.

Zimly is expected to become a featured app for Google Chromecast.

Won Joon Lee, Communications Director, Nomad Connection said, “We are currently supporting Chromecast. We are expecting to become a featured app of Chromecast. We met a team from Google at a conference, where our presentation and demo impressed them.”

How does it work?
Zimly does not require any physical connection to a PC to stream videos, and it supports various media formats such as AVI, FLV, MPV, WMV, MPG, MKV etc. It also has a subtitle support.

Connecting to a PC is simple; it requires a companion application installed on the PC and a nine digit PIN automatically generated by Zimly to verify the connection. Depending on the network bandwidth, a proprietary transcoding code is used to support Standard Definition or High Definition videos.

Users can play media on iOS and Android devices from their PC. As many Asian countries do not have content providers such as Hulu or Netflix, Zimly offers an alternative to fill the void. Users can access and stream content without storing it on their device. It also lets users download content from their PC to a mobile device for offline use.

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Zimly’s originates from another Nomad Connection product Chameleo, an open source project for a media platform supporting rich video playback. Chameleo was designed to simplify extending a media player with custom features to enhance usability and capabilities. However, seeing the demand for a mobile device media streaming app, Zimly was developed in response, taking over two years and 1.5 billion Won (US$1.46 million) to develop, test and release.

According to Nomad Connection, the app has been downloaded 2.5 million times. If it does become a featured app for Google Chromecast, these numbers will only increase.

Shiwen Yap

Shiwen is passionate about exploring science, technology and entrepreneurship ideas and is an avid advocate of open source technologies and methodologies.

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