02
May
20140408T035144

Koush has been busy since leaving Cyanogen Inc. to spend more time working on his various projects. A new update for AllCast is set to roll out soon with an interesting new feature. Users with a Fire TV will be able to stream video to the TV, but route the audio through the phone only. Why would you want to do this? It's private listening mode.

This feature will allow you to plug in headphones and listen to the audio track via the phone or tablet without disturbing anyone else nearby. While in this mode, the TV won't make a peep. It's similar to the headset feature on some newer Roku remotes.

So what about the Chromecast? It's not likely to happen, according to Koush. The Fire TV is a much more full-featured device that can handle advanced A/V parsing. The Chromecast is a basic streaming target that lacks the power to properly split audio off without screwing up sync. At least Fire TV people can be happy about the new feature. Koush didn't say exactly when this would be available, just "soon."

[+Koushik Dutta]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • silaslenz

    Localcast ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.stefanpledl.localcast ) does this to the chromecast, but you have to sync the audio manually via +/- buttons.

    • Saumik Chaudhuri

      I use localcast and this is another great tool with so many extra and useful feature, shadowed under Allcast.

    • atlouiedog

      Thanks. I was unfamiliar with localcast.

  • ih8legal

    I want this feature for unified remote over bluetooth.

  • tlogank

    Seriously, LocalCast has been doing this awhile now, and the app is free. Why not story for them? Seems like you guys kinda crush on Koush.

    • Björn Lundén

      It's much more likely that they haven't written about it because they didn't know about it. Koush is quite famous in the Android community so it's natural that his apps get more exposure simply because the writers at AP are more likely to hear about them.

  • Anand Muralidhar

    If you look carefully at the screen..You can see its a pirated video.. From YIFY ..The PirateBay LOL :D

    • Matthew Fry

      Don't have to look too carefully, it's right there in the video preview :)

    • Mike Reid

      Really ? LOL. Does that mean Koush is a pirate ?

      It's kinda tricky to out yourself as a pirate when you make a living selling software.

      But I'm SURE there must be a legal and morally right explanation... Right ?

      • primalxconvoy

        I hear Aptoid has his full apps available for free...