iOS is great for using Airplay, but sending photos, videos or music to anything other than an Apple TV can be a bit more challenging. AllCast now wants to solve this with its new iOS app, which allows users to send their personal media to Google’s Chromecast streaming stick, Roku devices, Amazon’s Fire TV, Microsoft’s Xbox and a variety of smart TVs, as well as Apple TV.
AllCast is not a newcomer to personal media casting: The app has more than three million users on Android. In fact, AllCast was the very first app to bring personal media sharing to Chromecast, months before Google officially released an SDK to bring this functionality to third-party developers.
I had a brief chance to check out the AllCast for iOS app on my iPad this week, and it worked mostly as it should, allowing me to cast photos and videos both from the device itself as well as from Google+ to my Chromecast streaming stick. Casting from a DLNA media server also worked, but I couldn’t really get music casting to work with Chromecast. I also briefly tried AllCast for iOS in tandem with a Roku streaming stick, and had a bit of a rockier experience — casting photos worked fine, but videos and music wouldn’t play.
It’s also worth noting that AllCast for iOS still has fewer online content sources than AllCast for Android, but the app can already access content from Google+, Google Drive, Instagram and Dropbox — and even more if you pair it with a Plex Media Server. Plus if the pace of the Allcast for Android development is any indication, then we should be seeing more media sources (and hopefully fewer playback issues) very soon.