Chromecast apps are popping up almost faster than we can install them, but let's not forget one of the first apps to show us what the Chromecast was capable of doing. Of course, I'm talking about AllCast. Koush's streaming app has been updated with a few goodies, some of which are still listed as 'beta.'
Here's the full changelog from the new 188.8.131.52 build.
- BETA: Subtitle support for Chromecast when streaming from a media server (ie, Serviio with srt files)
- BETA: Stream from Dropbox (requires Dropbox app to be installed)
- Chromecast letterbox is now black instead of grey
- Roku playback fixes: now supports fast forward and rewind. Seek bar is hidden
- While seeking, the new seek position time will be displayed
- Fixes: jumpy lists, share-to crashing, album art crash, better file type detection
The subtitles are for Chromecast only because Google's streaming stick provides a solid computing platform to process those subtitle files. Other devices would currently need the text integrated with the video, meaning an additional round of transcoding on the device. If you have the Dropbox app installed, AllCast can now stream files directly from that.
Roku playback is a little more consistent now – this box doesn't support seeking, so it just gets fast-forward and rewind buttons. As usual, the new version also comes with various tweaks and bug fixes. It should be live in the Play Store for everyone.