Chromecast streaming is all the rage right now, but BubbleUPnP has been reliably streaming local audio and video to compatible devices like the Xbox 360, PS3, XBMC, or any Universal Plug and Play or DLNA devices for months. Today the app has been updated with a special treat for root users: an "Audio Cast" mode that expands BubbleUPnP's streaming capability to include most third-party apps like Spotify or Google Play Music. Check out the demonstration below:

With the Audio Cast feature, BubbleUPnP can stream nearly any audio (local or otherwise) to a wide range of receiver hardware and software. If you're a home stereo buff, this is a big deal - it's a viable alternative to Bluetooth or wired playback. Unfortunately you'll need root to enable Audio Cast, and the popular Xposed Framework tool as well. You don't need to download an extra module - the Xposed module for Audio Cast is included in the standard BubbleUPnP app.

According to the developers, the Audio Cast function will soon be expanded to include Chromecast as well (though by then most of the applicable music apps will probably already support the Chromecast anyway). BubbleUPnP is a free download with a 20-minute streaming limit, which is removed by the $4.69 upgrade version.

Source: Bubblesoft Google+

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  • edzuslv

    Tried to stream local mp3 or pic to sony bravia. No luck.

    • test

      I got it to work on a Bravia KDL-32EX500 from 2010.

  • Holorde

    They really have to work on their UI.

    • Paul

      lol yeah. But it's insanely powerful so I accept the UI and work around it. It's just a really useful program. It works phone to phone, phone to tablet, phone to XBMC, etc. It's just awesome.

    • zxo0oxz

      What I hate about it most, is that it's painfully slow streaming from my Plex server, I'm better off just browsing the SMB share with ES File Manager.

      • Marcos Amano

        You could try using Serviio as server. It works flawlessly with BubbleUPnP.

  • Paul

    I love BubbleUPNP. I've been using it for over a year and change now. When Chromecast came out I was like "what? why?" BubbleUPNP+XBMC ftw.

  • bungadudu

    Next allow full mirroring (audio-video) to Chromecast.
    And made the app $10.
    You'll get a s**tload of downloads!

    • Android Developer

      full mirorring as in showing exactly what you see on the device, and the sound it plays?
      is it even possible without slowing the device too much?

  • unsivilaudio

    I've had this update for about a week, and I have to say, it works well. Streaming (captured) audio to my Xbox 360 is pretty awesome as the BuPNP gui is weak for local audio playback and I much prefer Poweramp.

  • wolfkabal

    I was just looking for a good app like this the other day to interface with my PS3, then remembered I own two chromecasts and stopped my search.

  • jules

    Love this app. Ui looks bit old fashioned, but very user friendly. Great features . And in my case everything works without issues on all my dlna-devices. All the free apps I tried are missing things or bugs and more bugs.

    For audio streaming my tiny little bluetooth receiver (about €10) is still the best option to play directly on amplifier, speakerset or headphones.

  • Fuzzy

    Searching for Screen Mirroring to DLNA.
    Any ideas?

  • mobile_bob

    After enabling Audio Cast, Audible quite working. It didn't happen right away but I lost Audible for a couple of days. Once I remembered Audio Cast and disabled it Audible immediately started working again.

  • RickyDikulus

    Will this let me stream Audible books from my rooted Moto X to my TV through Chromecast?