AllCast is receiving a sizeable update today, bringing many new features, tweaks, and bug fixes.
Developer Koushik Dutta (best known for his work on the CyanogenMod project) took to Google Plus to highlight the major changes coming to AllCast, an app that allows streaming of media from Android devices to the Chromecast, as well as smart TVs and media players compatible with the DLNA standard.
The top new features in version 18.104.22.168 of AllCast are a new Now Playing screen, support for cover art for music and videos, and lockscreen controls. This last feature seems especially handy, not to mention good looking, as you can see in the screenshot below.
You can now skip back and forth between tracks on apps like Google Play Music and control the volume on the Chromecast using your device’s volume buttons. In the tweaks and bug fixes category, there’s improved playlist management, improved playback controls, better DLNA discoverability, as well as unspecified bug fixes.
Finally, if you use the free version of AllCast, prompts to go Premium should come up less frequently.
First released in December, AllCast initially only supported DLNA enabled devices. Following Google’s release of the Chromecast SDK, Koushik Dutta added support for Google’s popular streaming stick, finally giving users a simple way to stream locally stored content to TVs.