26
Aug
allcast

If there's one thing I've learned from working at Android Police, it's that Artem can be a hound when he wants something done. It looks like Koush Dutta, the developer of AllCast (and much more, as I'm sure you're aware), is starting to get a taste of Artem's dedication to making things perfect, especially after looking at the most recent AllCast update.

First things first (I'm the realest), there's an update to the AllCast Receiver Chrome extension. This brings an improved interface and better support for newer versions of the AllCast Android application. You can also mirror the screen from newer Android devices. Fancy.

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On the Android side, there's a new transcoding engine that should allow better streaming of 1080p videos. Otherwise, folder management has been improved with a feature called Recents, which keeps track of which folders were recently used. That's one of those Artem-requested things I mentioned earlier. In other Artem-inspired features, the splash screen is now optional. I'm pretty sure Koush wishes Artem would just stop using AllCast at this point.

But wait, there's more. Koush summed up the remaining changes in a nice, easy-to-read list, so I'm just going to copypaste that.

Chromecast detection fixes.
Better proxy server for primitive receivers (Roku, DLNA)
Subtitles on Chromecast fixes (still need to fix UTF-8 next release)
Remove 10 minute viewing limit on Chromecast in favor of a watermark.
Better looking ad units.
Add Crashalytics for better crash analysis.
New HTTP Engine (supports ion+spdy).
Better grid/list UX. Soon to be a toggleable action bar option.

Just say the word "toggleable" aloud a few times and tell me it's not the most fun you've ever had saying a word. Seriously, do it. I just said it like 27 times.

The update should be available now in Google Play, so go get it. Hopefully it's up to Artem's standards now so Koush can get some sleep.

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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.

  • Armando Rodriguez

    What is the version number of the Chrome extension? Sometimes Chrome takes forever to update them.

    • Koushik Dutta

      1004 I think

      • yochanan

        Yes, Chrome extension was updated to 1.0.0.4 in the last few days. I just got the Android 1.1.4.1 update tonight. I see the Recents addition, but no screen casting option. Tapping the Cast Screen Quick Settings tile only has my Chromecast as an option. I am connected to AllCast Receiver & it's working fine otherwise in Chrome. I notice screen casting is not in the changelog. Koush? Artem?

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

          I think AP jumped the gun and mistakenly announced a feature that is still not public.

  • Ben Bazzard

    All sounds good. Any idea on whether there will be an Appstore update? (Free coins is my excuse.)

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

      You should be able to update it via play store too. I verified that the premium status still sticks.

      • Big Tony

        I just update the free version too. The free version was from Playstore and the premium version is from the Appstore. Like that I can get quicker updates. The only time I would need to update from Amazon is if the premium version updated

      • Ben Bazzard

        Thanks, I'm interested by that - I had no idea the markets allowed any crossover.

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

          Usually that doesn't work. You don't even get notified that there's an update available. For example, I have a few other apps from Amazon which have higher versions in Play Store. But I don't see "Update available" for them in play store. I'm not sure how exactly this works for AllCast. And Greenify too.

          • mgamerz

            The app needs to be linked to the play store, e.g. through Titanium Backup or the like. They're likely the same exact apk.

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

            But I didn't do that linking via TiBu and yet Greenify and AllCast received updates via Play Store.

    • Koushik Dutta

      Soon. I keep Appstore behind by a week or so to make sure the release is stable due to the long approval process.

      • Big Tony

        Will definitely be looking forward to the Appstore update. This is one of my favorite apps. Good job with it.

      • Ben Bazzard

        That's impressive, my understanding was that most developers didn't update Amazon apps often. Koush is clearly better than most developers.

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

    "starting to get a taste of Artem's dedication to making things perfect"
    *cough* Website v2 *cough*

    ;)

    • Koushik Dutta

      +9000

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

    From the changelog: "Artem is my product manager, true story."

    Where's my cut, Koush? Or at least a Yacht cruise?

    • Koushik Dutta

      -_-

  • Not Ben Lee

    Localcast is so much better.

    • Koushik Dutta

      What do you like better?

      • Not Ben Lee

        LocalCast

      • Yuccaman

        I use Localcast (or Bubble) more as they have a file browser built in. I don't let MediaScanner catalogue my Pics and Movies. I can use a File Manager and the Send To intent to send the file to Allcast but a built in file browser to select a file would be easier...

      • Dee Norbert

        Your app has lack of video codec support.

      • Kevin

        I found that video's that were not supported (because of codecs) dont' give any error message and instead just show a black screen on chromecast. Localcast actually lets you know the codec has failed. I also struggle to pause and resume with Allcast which again works better on localcast. Although I haven't tried the new version yet.

      • Not Ben Lee

        you can put subtitles to video

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

    1. "Recent" says "No media found" even after I've cast a few audio, video, image files through Gallery > Albums and Gallery > Videos.

    2. Tapping any image file on the Gallery > All section crashes both the app on phone and receiver on chrome.

    3. When I cast any 3GP video, receiver plays only the audio. Video doesn't play.

    4. "You can also mirror the screen from newer Android devices." How? I'm not seeing a screen mirror option.

    Looks like premium bought from Amazon is now working with main app updated via Play Store. So, yippy. :)

    • Tomfoolery

      i think we have to wait for the AllCast update on the device before screen mirroring to the extension will be enabled. Correct me if wrong

  • Raphael Duran

    Toggleable, toggleable, toggleable you were right, I can't stop saying it, it's such a funny word

  • jstew182

    Is there anyway to change the list view when looking at my Google drive stuff to be alphabetical? I stopped using allcast due to it taking too long to find what I'm looking for

  • Daire O Connor

    Will the headphone mode be making a comeback? It's really handy for late night movies!

    • Kevin

      pretty sure localcast has this feature

  • Ian Fay

    At this point, sadly, the major hurdle for me using AllCast over other methods is the lack of video codec support, which isn't Koush's fault, sadly.

    Is there any word from Google about actually adding more functionality to Cast?

  • g f

    had nothing but stuttery playback on XBox360...we'll see

  • XwaitXwhatX

    Allcast lost me due to being unreliable, all the hiccups and the fact that of i paused my video for longer then a minute I would have to kill the app reopen and seek back to the part I was but since the seek was wonky too and have to go either before my part or after. Long live local cast not flawless but a hell of a lot better then local cast.

    • Kevin

      ive had similar problem along with codec errors actually showing an error on localcast. Did I mention localcast is free too?

  • largo79

    What I like about AllCast is the ability to send video from movie/tvshow apps like ShowBox and VideoMixPro to Chromecast. It's just an added bonus.

  • bm
  • Bob’s Bilderbergers

    I'm just gonna leave this here...

  • Android Developer

    Has anyone tried it?
    Where does the watermark getting shown?
    Also, is there a way to cast to the PC instead of to ChromeCast?

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