In case you still are not in the know, AllCast Beta 7 is out. Developer Koushik Dutta shared the news via Google+ . There are only handful of days left, though, to install this app to your smartphone. Koushik had announced that this beta will self-destruct on December 1st – which means it will stop working after that date.
The current beta version of AllCast allows streaming local content to DLNA-capable devices. It allows you to stream content from Google Drive or from your smartphone to smart TVs, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox etc. These devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for it to work.The current beta is restricted to streaming videos only. Hopefully, we may have an update to share photos too.
Click here to check out the demo.
One restriction that AllCast has is that it does not support Chromecast. AllCast (initially AirCast) began as an app able to stream content over Google’s inexpensive device. However, since Chromecast is under development, an update made AllCast ineffective and incompatible with Google’s offering. This made him reinvent the app. Koushik on his Google+ page points fingers at Google suggesting that the company had intentionally broken support for his app. Here’s a part of his post -
“Heads up. Google’s latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled ‘video_playback’ support from the ChromeCast application.
Given that this is the second time they’ve purposefully removed/disabled the ability to play media from external sources, it confirms some of my suspicions that I have had about the Chromecast developer program:
The policy seems to be a heavy handed approach, where only approved content will be played through the device. The Chromecast will probably not be indie developer friendly. The Google TV team will likely only whitelist media companies.”
AllCast is not available via Google PlayStore. So, if you want to try this app download and install the apk file from http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/Cast-beta7.apk. Do check out and let us know how it works for you.