Google launched its $35 HDMI dongle earlier this year. Called Chromecast, the dongle became quite popular as it allows users to effortlessly stream content from supported services through their mobile devices and computers. After Chromecast’s release, well known Android developer Koushik Dutta released an app called AllCast, which allowed users to stream content from their device’s gallery, Google Drive and Dropbox to the dongle. Google released an update for Chromecast shortly after, which broke AllCast, because Chromecast SDK is limited to select partners right now. Dutta today released the app once again, though it doesn’t support Google’s dongle.
AllCast supports streaming to any open DLNA compatible device, which are a dime a dozen. Popular DLNA compatible devices include the Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Roku set-top boxes, Google TVs, smart TVs from a variety of manufacturers and more. Streaming content from AllCast to a DLNA device is fairly simple, all users have to do is tap on the file to have it streamed on the big screen. When videos are playing, a scrubber bar appears which offers essential controls. The pulldown notification menu contains quick controls for the app. AllCast basic version is available for free, but the premium version with no restriction on video lengths, no splash screens and advertising costs $4.99.
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