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Feb
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AllCast pushes locally stored videos and photos to various AirPlay/DLNA connected devices such as Smart TVs, the Xbox 360 (and the Xbox One), Roku boxes, and, originally, the Chromecast. Ultimately, Google released an update that broke AllCast's Chromecast support. But the company finally released the Google Cast SDK yesterday, and then, after getting prodded by a member of the Google Chomecast team to re-add support for Chromecast, Koushik Dutta returned the functionality to his app in supposedly under 20 minutes of work.

What's new:

  • Chromecast support! (Requires new Google Play Services 4.2.34)
  • Better song info when playing music on DLNA or Roku
  • Power/wake leak fixes
  • Better photo support for DLNA
  • Fix for duplicate device entries in list
  • Fix crash on start
  • Fix AllCast running and eating battery when YouTube or Netflix are in use

To enjoy this reunion, you need AllCast version 1.0.4.6 and Google Play Services 4.2.34. Hopefully this is just the beginning. We look forward to seeing what pops up on our TV screens next.

Source: Google+

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Charles Sweeney

    AllCast is promising at best and still needs a lot of work for me to plop down $5 but the Pro version. Also, casting to Chromecast seemed hella slow in KD's demo vid, which I'm sure some code tweaking can fix that. In my use of the app so far, it's sluggish in casting pics and it's hit or miss when trying to play videos but like I said, it's promising.

    • Elemetrix

      Yup I've found it unusably slow and doesn't pick up most of my devices.

    • Leif Sikorski

      True, especially compared to plex or avia the experience doesn't feel good. There are several things missing or not working like the sync of the playing position.

      • Koushik Dutta

        Which device has buggy playback position? Roku doesn't report playback position. I am actually planning on removing that seek bar altogether.

        • Tryingyrluck

          The pause/stop functionally does not work in Chromecast either. There is no way to stop a song from playing without switching to a photo or another Chromecast app.

          There is also no disconnect option in Chromecast mode for when you're done casting from AllCast.

          I think 1080p downcasting of photos would be a good idea since that's the max display resolution.

          • Koushik Dutta

            I just fixed this with an update this evening.

          • Lars Jeppesen

            Works great! Many thanks, and kudos for the quick implementation of the SDK.. thank you

      • Seiga

        Plex is great when you run off a server. But yeah, it doesn't sync real well with stop/pause.

    • Koushik Dutta

      Yeah, that sluggishness was definitely something I noticed too and will try to fix (maybe I'll downsample the images to 1080p). The thing is, that that my Apple TV, Xbox One, and Roku are not slow, and are on the same network. So I seriously doubt it is the AllCast app. I think the wifi on the Chromecast is just not as good.

      Check out some of my other demo videos... you'll see the other devices are way more responsive.

      Naturally, I'll look into it, but given what I said above, I'm not hopeful.

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      • Pengwn

        I just tested out some pictures being casted to a 360 on a 50MB/s connection. I was getting ~5 sec of black screen while I was switching photos. The video I tested worked but that took a bit longer to load. The only thing that didn't work from my first initial tests was a gif. Great work as always Koush and I can't wait to see the butter/bug fixes roll out!

  • Waldos

    We need AllCast on Internet Browsers! It's just what we asked for :)

    • Frederico Silva

      KD made a Google Chrome extension: MyCast, dunno if it's up already, but look for it (:

  • Steve

    Is there a way for this to work with a cloud or NAS? I have a NAS (WD My Cloud) with videos on it. Will AllCast be able to work with that? From what I saw it looks like the files have to be on my device/phone.

  • MarkG54321

    Xbone doesn't do DLNA or AirPlay...

    • power_pizza

      Yes it does. It supports "Play to" on Windows 7 & 8. Just right click on a supported file and select Play to > Xbox One

      Allcast has streamed to my Xbox One.

    • Roh_Mish

      It does.

      • MarkG54321

        No it doesn't. Show me the DLNA certification

  • Mario E Hdez

    Nice to finally have chromecast support but for 5 dollars I think it's worth it to wait for a free and better alternative which will undoubtedly happen.

    • Tim242

      Stop being a typical Android cheapscape.

      • Mario E Hdez

        Will do Tim, Thanks for your input.

    • pissed off at cheapskates

      It sucks that users are willing to pay the big companies to acquire devices such as mobile phones or chromecast etc. Yet they refuse to support independent developers when they produce software that enhances these products.
      This behavior seems compounded when a phone is purchased from company X, only to have it's OS replaced by freely provided custom ROMs. At this point, demands are made on the ROM development team to provide all sorts of enhancements not found in the stock OS which was paid for but is expected in the free offering.
      I find this sense of entitlement to be growing and it is increasingly annoying. People spend a lot of their time developing these apps/enhancements and even though 80% of the time it's provided for free, as soon as a cost is attached to other 20% it becomes an issue.

      • Lars Jeppesen

        110% agree

  • power_pizza

    Plopped down $5 for Allcast and it's pretty good on my Xbox One. The only issues I'm having is the audio not syncing with the video and it would be nice to know the file names of the videos I'm casting.

  • mustbepbs

    Real Player Cloud is free and you can stream local stuff.

    • fritish

      Stream local stuff? I've had to push everything to Real Player's servers in order to stream it. Is there another way?

      • mustbepbs

        Oh yeah. You can stream videos straight from your device. It's just under All Videos.

        • NoneOfYourBizzness

          I have real player issues as well. Most of my videos say bitrate is too high, upload to cloud. And even if they aren't too high, they still buffer and never play. My Wi-Fi is excellent, not the issue.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Now to wait when Google FINALLLY launches Play Devices in Russia so I could get this stick just for fun

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Go get the APK.. it's right here on the site...

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        I mean this Chrome cast, not the app

        • Lars Jeppesen

          Ahh sorry, my bad.. apologies.
          Yeah, Google really needs to step up on this!
          I live in Denmark - my girlfriend has a brazilian friend who went to the US - picked up the Chrome cast for me, brought it back to Brazil. I then went to Brazil to get it :)

          I might have gotten it cheaper on Amazon, lol

  • Jared Busch

    So after updating my Play Services to the latest, and updating Allcast, still doesn't see my Chromecast. Which is strange since my Chromecast is attached to my TV which is 2 feet from my modem/wireless router, so wifi signal strength isn't an issue....

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Did you check the version number of your Play Services?

  • duse

    Will this work with any audio stream such as Spotify.

  • cmbeid

    Images were taking about 10 seconds to load from my Nexus 5 to Chromecast. Videos kept stuttering to buffer every 2 seconds. My router was running on 2.5ghz BGmixed. Switched the router to N only(still on 2.5ghz) and the images only took about 3 seconds to display but 1080p videos still paused every 5 seconds or so to buffer.

    I would imagine better performance with a 5ghz router.

    • Pengwn

      It was similar on a 5ghz band.

    • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

      It would be better probably, but not by a lot. IIRC, Chromecast doesn't have 5GHz support so the stream would just be faster from phone to router.

  • Dan Saleem

    Can somebody explain to me what does new Google Play Services 4.2.34 means???? my nexus 4 and 5 has the latest update which is 4.5.10! Why I need to go backward???

  • Ronnie

    I got all cast to connect to my samsung tv once last night since then it won't connect Searching for players any ideas why it isn't connecting again & is there a way to save the player in Allcast . Thank$ Ronnie

  • Roh_Mish

    What if allcast can also stream media from DLNA media servers? Samsung and Sony has this in the stock rom but stock-android and I think
    other OEM too does not have this feature.

  • Mjc043

    I still can't get AllCast to find my chromecast. I have the free version. Do I need the pro?

  • jhford

    How can get Allcast to work with build 14975? It's rooted.

  • Alex Careaga

    Iam having a very difficult time trying to use all cast to stream videos to my chromecast. I'm using tvportal which at one time worked great for me. I upgraded to premium but now it gives me an error"unfortunately Google play services has stopped working." What's this about and is there a way to fix it?