17
Mar
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The AllCast updates just keep coming. Each introduces new functionality, but the latest release packs together more new features than most. By combining aesthetic changes with usability improvements, users of this media Chromecasting app are in for quite the treat.

In the left screenshot below, we see a new "now playing" screen. For the initiated, this is the screen that displays while content is streaming to your TV screen. To the right, we see lock screen controls. This offers the minimal functionality of pausing and skipping around a playlist without having to unlock.

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When streaming music, AllCast will now dish up album art while the track is playing. The interface for browsing through songs is still somewhat of a mess, but it's a start.

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What's new:

Major Features

  • New Now Playing screen (see screenshot)
  • Cover Art for music and videos
  • Lock Screen controls

Other Changes

  • Skip to next/previous track
  • Volume Control of Chromecast works with phone volume buttons
  • Tons of bug fixes
  • Fix up DLNA device discoverability
  • Better playlist management
  • Better playback controls after exiting/resuming the app
  • Relax the "trial" notices if not using premium

AllCast is ad-supported by default, but a premium version will remove those for $4.99. You can get the app from the Play Store below.

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. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • KingRando

    BubbleUPnP

  • Michael Pahl

    Prefer time spent getting this thing to work instead of already adding new features. but thats kinda Kousch for ya anyway.

    • Guest

      Came here to say exactly this. Adds new features regularly, ignores issues that have been there all along.

      I got over Koush's apps a long time ago for just that reason.

    • Booyah

      Nailed it.

    • antifud

      What are you talking about "getting this thing to work"? It already works.

      • someone!

        Well kinda, and not very well...

    • Koushik Dutta

      What isn't working?

      • Michael Pahl

        listing off problems will make me sound ungrateful, to which I am actually very grateful.
        with that said, constant lockups and major buffering (on a rock solid connection) are my two main complaints.

        • Koushik Dutta

          What device are you on?

          Can you share a video that stutters so I can test it out on my local network? I actually added a on device HLS server a week or so ago that will transcode to a lower bitrate if your network is having issues. Look in settings and try that out.

          • karan lamba

            The app works with me pretty well except that I can't play any HD files on the chromecast for longer than a second then it goes to a blank screen and only plays the audio. If you can fix this issue it would be great! I understand that this app is still a work in progress and greatful for the quick support!

            I have a nexus 5 and 7 2013(stock non rooted) Android 4.4.2!

      • Michael Pahl

        I was also an early adapter of your backup app, which has never worked properly on any of my devices.

      • Lexcyn

        I can't get videos to play longer than a few minutes. It will play perfectly fine then either the Chromecast or my TV will tell me "file type not supported" and I just get a black screen. I'm on stock Android 4.4 with Nexus 5.

        • Asphyx

          Lots of Apps seeing this type of behavior and most believe Google is the cause...Either a Library is bad or incompatible with the newest Updates for CCast Google has released.

          • Lexcyn

            It does the same thing when I try DLNA playing as well though... not to mention "seek"ing files doesn't seem to work either... not sure if that is Google or what, but it's annoying.

        • Koushik Dutta

          If you can share me a video with this problem, I can test it on my setup.

      • Capo489

        Im new to all this but im using allcast with my xbox 360 from my samsung galaxy 3 tablet and my showbox movies just keep pausing every feq seconds and skipping iver and over. Whats strange is that this just started. Any help?

  • Beavis

    This app still has a LONG way to go. Especially with Plex, Pocket Casts and other apps providing solid ChromeCast support already.

    • Dee Norbert

      And Flipps HD.

    • JLM

      I've been using Avia although I also paid for AllCast. I haven't been using AllCast because when I first tried to use it, it only had images of the files I could play so I could only guess what file was the one I wanted to play. If that's changed I'm willing to try it again.

  • Itchy_Robot

    Looking great, but I still get lockups and have to reset the app all the time just to get a file to load correctly. Many times it take multiple attempts just to get a photo to load. And I can not get files to load from my microSD card ... they have to be on my phones main memory or streamed from Dropbox in order to have a chance to load.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    And.... it still won't see either of my Chromecasts - even though every other app can! :/

  • Manuel .

    Impossible to cast youtube to a dlna...

    • beingsocialized

      flipps/imediashare is the only known option to me

      • Manuel .

        Flipps works flawless. Thanks!

  • Guestor

    Still doesn't quite follow design guidelines. For example, allcast is missing actionbar icon for enabling chromecasting.

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    What's the difference between AllCast and ChomeCast (in terms of functionality)?

  • Capo489

    Im sorry im new to this, but all of a sudden when I stream showbox movies to my xbox through my samsung galaxy 3 tablet it just keeps pausing every few seconds, almost skipping. This just started happening. Any suggestions im using allcast premium.

    • Raven65

      I get the same thing when doing this (streaming from Showbox) from either my Moto X phone or my Nexus 7 tablet. The only way I can get smooth playback is to completely download the file in Showbox first.

  • Raven65

    Love this app! Using it to cast downloaded Showbox videos to my TV via Xbox 360. One issue I'm having: Is there a way to refresh the list of videos in the gallery-videos tab? I added some new files and deleted others but the list in the Allcast gallery didn't update. I was finally able to force it to update by uninstalling/reinstalling the apps (free and premium). Surely there's a better way. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • dannyboy

    Will not play most videos on my lg g2, it tells me that a r2 minute video is actually 3 hours long and jusg makes horrible noises when i try to cast it to my tv

    • dannyboy

      42 minute*