16
Jul
allcast

So, you still don't have Koush's AllCast? If you happened to snag all those free Amazon Coins from a few weeks ago, you can officially get this incredibly useful casting app for exactly zero moneydollars. If you didn't jump on the free coins bandwagon, however, you'll have to suck it up and pay five moneys for the full version (via IAP). See, it pays to get free Amazon things from time to time, because then you can get more free Amazon things.

Note: The low rating is due to some issues with IAPs that worked in the sandboxed environment, but not once the app was published. Koush sorted everything out so it's all good now. Buy without fear.

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For those who may not be familiar with AllCast (first off, where have you been?), here's a little explanation:

AllCast lets you send photos, music, and videos on your Android to your TV!

AllCast lets you cast to:
* Chromecast
* Amazon Fire TV
* Apple TV
* Xbox 360, Xbox One
* Roku
* WDTV
* Samsung, Sony and Panasonic Smart TVs
* Other DLNA Renderers

So yeah, that's what it does. And now it's on the Amazon Appstore. You can find it here. Have fun casting all your mobile stuff to all your TV stuff.

Koush G+

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    Isn't the correct plural of money 'monies'.

    And nice to see Koush publishing his stuff on Amazon, although I'll never get anything off of there that's app related. App store fragmentation gives me OCPD.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I think it can go either way. But really the point is the same: it sounds absurd and I love it.

    • Koushik Dutta

      I want to see at least 2-3 app stores being successful, other than Google Play. Right now, what we effectively have are monopolies per platform (oligopoly?). Apple and Google don't need to compete for better publishing terms and experience, since they don't compete directly with each other. The 30% publishing cut being fixed across all stores is indicative of this.

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        I can't say I'd call Amazon a "Saint in a land of sinners" since they've had that whole price fixing kerfuffle on ebooks, and they're not the most friendly when it comes to book publishing either, although they do look serious is pushing their services (although I feel the Fire Phone is just another HTC First).

        You are right though, aside from Amazon App Store and Google Play, the only others I can think of are Aptoide (which is rather sketchy) and F-Droid (FOSS App Store). Aside from those, I don't think there are any up-ad-coming app marketplaces. Kinda surprised the FTC hasn't looked into Google and Apple's publishing agreements too.

        • DirkBelig

          Is Getjar still a thing? I used to get their free apps a few years ago, but it fell off my mental radar.

          >Amazon a "Saint in a land of sinners" since they've had that whole price fixing kerfuffle on ebooks"

          That was Apple.

          • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

            I may have that detail confused but I remember reading that Amazon had been giving refunds due to a price fixing settlement.

          • GJV

            Google "Amazon Hachette" and try again.

          • DirkBelig

            Not the same thing, but keep shilling for Apple, Bub.

      • ccccc

        I really hope this means we can see more of your apps on amazon. Been wanting to buy helium premium app since day 1, but dislike everything being tied to google account. :)

  • Outrager

    I just GAINED coins after getting the Premium IAP. Amazon's app store is so weird.
    I noticed that it said I would receive 150 coins for buying the IAP, but instead of losing 349 coins (-499+150) I just gained 400 coins in the end. What's going on?!

    • Spasillium

      Same happened here

      • Marco Bartholomew

        Prepurchase: 3700+ Amazon coins
        Postpurchase: 3900+ Amazon coins

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      It cost me 146 coins. Whatever math Amazon is running, I'm fine with it. :D

    • atlouiedog

      You had app credit which is different from coins. It's like mp3 or video credit and is shown as a dollar mount. Just above where you can add an app to your wishlist, at the bottom of the payment option box on the store listing, you can view your credit balance.

      Amazon will pull from your credit before coins and some paid apps give you coins back for purchasing. They also give coins for first time purchases and other promotional reasons. So your purchase deducted from an app credit balance you probably didn't realize you had and then gave you coin credit.

      • Outrager

        Yeah, I realized that today when I went to buy something with my Promotional Credit.
        Fortunately I was able to do a Live Chat with support and they were able to give me back the Promotional Credit and just deduct the proper amount of Amazon Coins.
        Kind of silly the way Amazon does things since Promotional Credit doesn't expire and the free Amazon Coins I had do have an expiration date.

  • Full Time Titty Master

    I made the purchase from UK store for 240 coins and I got 88 free coins for making the purchase lol

  • Spasillium

    Hopefully it'll be updated just as much as the Play Store version.

    • arj_85

      That is my only concern, however one can't complain when getting premium apps for free with coins.

      • DirkBelig

        Yep. I bought Plex for Android for 99 free coins (vs. $4.99 cash money at Play) though at the time it was 3 versions behind at Amazon. A few days later, it was current and has been tracking with Play version updates AFAIK.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Even if Koush does himself, Amazon takes forever to approve anything. It really quite sucks, from what I hear. Weeks.

      • Koushik Dutta

        I've heard that too. I suspect that they've been pushing my stuff through faster since I am higher profile than most other publishers.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Not anymore. Last time I pushed my app updates, they got approved within 2-3 days. Last year, they used to take 2-3 weeks.

    • Koushik Dutta

      It's not been so bad. The turnaround time is maybe 3 days to publish currently.

      But yeah, Amazon gets a bad rap. There's a bit of a catch 22, not enough users using it, so devs aren't inclined to update their apps. And users aren't inclined to use Amazon, because the experience isn't as good.

      • ccccc

        I know I'm probably in the minority (since what you said above was on point) but I actually prefer buying apps from amazon when I can. I would love to see your other paid apps on amazon. I've been hoping to one day see helium premium on there. :)

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Koush, the app is now upgraded to premium. But when I cast a video to my desktop chrome using it, it is stopping the stream around 4 minute mark saying "Preview complete" (on the chrome app). Could you please check that?

    • Full Time Titty Master

      I noticed when i start the cast it has a AllCast Trial on the TV splash screen even though I purchased the premium

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Yes, I saw that too right now. The chrome All Cast app says "AllCast Trial" when I start casting.

        • Koushik Dutta

          k, I think I found the issue, fixing.

          • Koushik Dutta

            It shouldnt happen again on the second video play, if i'm correct. first play has a race condition.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Yea, the "AllCast Trial" splash is occurring on first play only.

            Since you are now working on fixing the other issue (thank you), I found another bug - the album-art that shows on the android app while the cast is ongoing constantly flickers between the first video played and current video being played.

            Could I also suggest adding the ability to go fullscreen on chrome? Currently, the cast window on chrome can only be maximized, but the video doesn't go fullscreen and plays in a window.

    • Koushik Dutta

      What version are you on? Are you casting from another app or from AllCast?

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Android - AllCast v1.1.3.0
        Desktop Chrome - AllCast Receiver v1.0.0.3
        Casting from within the AllCast app on my Nexus 5, Stock 4.4.4, Rooted

      • Full Time Titty Master

        I just tested video and I have exactly the same problem casting video to my TV, it stops and says preview complete at around 4:45, Casting from a Nexus 7 on stock 4.4.4 and same AllCast version as below

      • Felipe13

        Same problem for me.

        Also, one more bug. When I close the app, I am forced to buy the premium again (not charged again) since it does not stick. Please fix.

        Besides that, great app!

      • Full Time Titty Master

        Got an update today via amazon but video still stops with "Preview Complete" after 4 minutes even for premium, do you know how long it will be before its fixed?

  • Full Time Titty Master

    I've got a freeview HD+ Panasonic box in the bedroom and tried the official Panasonic Diga app many times and its never worked, AllCast works perfect no problems at all.

  • Johnny

    Well, the only good thing about this is that Amazon actually gave me 100 more coins than I had before the purchase :-))

    This because the actual app is wayyy behind LocalCast in features! Which is free - with stupid ads..
    Other than support casting to many different devices (beside chromecast) really don't understand why this is so hyped...

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  • Techngro

    I'm glad that Amazon is getting better apps and giving out coins for the purchase as well. But I hate the fact that they don't let you know when your coins expire. A couple of days ago, I had over 2K coins, I just went to purchase Allcast and see that I have only 1K. So I lost 1K coins without a word from Amazon. I know it's free money, but it's still kinda annoying.

  • eliseo

    I have a problem... I purchased the premium IAP on my Nexus 5. When i downloaded the app on my Nexus 10 the purchase wasn't restored... Amazon or AllCast problem?

  • Kostas

    It's a nice idea to publish the app in the Amazon store to try and milk it out now that we know full screen mirroring in chromecast has come to android without the need of an app to cast the content. Maybe I 'll spare the coins too just to encourage Koush to publish other apps there too. I would prefer to buy the app directly though and not with an in app purchase. In the Play Store he has a second app as a Key not an in app purchase.

  • Blake

    Android Police, you know me so well. It's actually kind of scary how you post these articles almost like you know I want this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/j.hsu.x J. Hsu

    Anyone not seeing Amazon Coins as a purchase option in the IAP menu? I'm sure I have enough coins, but it doesn't seem to show it as an option. Is it past the enter password to confirm purchase screen?

  • aliyappa

    IF IT COMES COMPLETELY FREE THEN I AM HAPPY. http://wp.me/s3zd1e-6640

  • Deeco

    Allcast will become a distant memory once L is released imo. Also, Amazon Appstore in never in sync with updates - this is why hate it so much.

  • Bariman43

    Hell yeah, I finally know what to use my $5 in promotional credit for.

  • eilegz

    thanks, more options its always better for people who want to support and get your apps. amazon its better in accepting any credit card and many ways of pay than google play

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    The lack of IAPs is why I never bought the original version. I'm surprised he went to that model for the Amazon App Store version while not adding it to the Play Store version. Or has he?

  • Matthew Nuttall

    App actually doesn't work. I'm still getting the IAP error, even after spending $5 (worth of coins) on it.