While the app called AllCast was originally born of the creator’s wishes to connect more media to the Google device Chromecast, it’s made a significant expansion this week. This initial full release - out of Beta, that is - works with Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Panasonic Smart TVs, Xbox 360, Xbox One, DLNA renderers, Google TV, and WDTV. Notice how Chromecast isn’t on that list?
As it stands, Google’s Chromecast device has changed from one software build to the next so quick that this release isn’t even going to bother. Not until Google releases the full official API for developers, that is. At the moment, Google is in a Developer Preview mode for Chromecast, while a full flood of apps is well on its way for 2014 - so we’re to understand.
Meanwhile Chromecast officially has Google Play Movies and Music for the web, VEVO, Plex, RealPlayer, and a whole lot more - including iPhone-based connections with apps like Hulu Plus. AllCast works with Android devices exclusively at the moment.
For those of you following this AllCast saga since it was called AirCast, last word appeared to be that Google banned AllCast - in fact it’s only because of ChromeCast’s unique and changing set of specifications for apps that AllCast is temporarily disconnected from the ChromeCast environment. It’ll be back in the future!
Another reminder - AllCast is developed by Koushik Dutta, aka Koush. This is the same fellow who created ROM Manager and ClockworkMod recovery, not to mention ClockworkMod Tether. Good stuff, the whole collection!