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Summary:

After losing Chromecast support last August, AllCast is back thanks to the new Chromecast SDK. With it, you can stream local photos, videos and music from an Android device to your Chromecast over Wi-Fi.

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With Google releasing the official Chromecast SDK to developers on Monday, we can expect an influx of Chromecast apps to follow. And among the first is AllCast, which actually had and later lost Chromecast support last year because the SDK wasn’t yet final. The Android app was quickly updated on Tuesday morning in the Google Play store.

Developer Koushik Dutta, also known as “Koush,” explained in a Google+ post how easy it was to make the update for his app, which already supported streaming from Android to Xbox, Apple TV, Roku and other devices:

“+John Affaki from the Google Chromecast team poked me 30 minutes ago to readd Chromecast support. I was going to put it off until this weekend, but he indicated with the existing AllCast design, it would be almost no extra code on my part. He was right.

The implementation was very trivial. Took me maybe 20 minutes.”

With the updated AllCast app now available, you can now stream locally stored images, videos and music from an Android device to a Chromecast as Koush shows in this demonstration video.

Note, you’ll need Google Play Services 4.2 for AllCast to work with a Chromecast; Google began pushing that out to Android phones on Monday.

  1. Can you also view web pages with this app also?
    If so, does it work with the chrome browser that’s on my Android tablet so I can view websites on my TV?

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    1. AllCast only streams local files to a Chromecast, so no it won’t work for viewing web pages on your TV. However, the developer of AllCast is working on another app that will let you mirror your Android tablet screen to the TV with a Chromecast: http://gigaom.com/2014/02/17/looks-like-chromecast-screen-mirroring-is-coming-to-android/

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      1. Thanks Kevin for your reply!
        I bought a Chromecast 3 months ago -but returned it. For some reason when I saw ads on TV about it and people using their tablets–I thought I could see web pages cast from my Nexus 7 tablet. But after 4 hrs. of trying & 1 hour with Google support I realized I couldn’t do that. (Funny thing is Google Chromecast support really didn’t know if you could do that or not but spent 1 hr. trying to help me do that—even though I later found out it wasn’t possible. Can’t believe they didn’t know that!!)

        I looked @ the link you gave in your reply above–sure hope he or someone makes an app that will work.

        It is my understanding that if you have a computer or laptop you CAN cast a webpage with Chromecast but for some reason it won’t work from tablets or phones. But, I’m not sure if that is correct or not.

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        1. Glad to help! :)

          You’re correct – from the desktop version of Chrome, you can stream individual browser tabs to a Chromecast. It’s an experimental feature but works reasonably well, depending on your device’s hardware.

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  2. Every time i read about AllCast I can’t help but think – yeah that’s neat but I wish it was for my laptop. Is everyone but me actually Downloading videos to your phone instead of PC/Mac now??

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  3. I record TV using WMP how best do I view on my HDTV using Chromecast?

    Is it AllCast, Plex or other?

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