A program for transmitting files from phones to televisions
While there are plenty of photo apps you can get for an Android mobile device, AllCast actually allows you to post the photos you take in live time to a variety of different platforms, including smart TVs.
Overview of AllCast
There are many apps on the market today that people don't even realize they need until they have them. With the ability to post photos and videos in real time to a range of different devices and platforms, AllCast may perhaps be chief among these apps. A simple app that allows you to post media to a range of devices and platforms, this Android application can come in handy in numerous ways.
Created by ClockworldMod and available for free, this small 7mb app can instantly broadcast your media on multiple platforms. For instance, if you're at a party or event and have an immobile family member, you can start taking photos and posting them at home on a smart TV, so that they can see what's happening. This saves you the trouble of exporting everything to another device just to view your media. You can do it instantly.
How AllCast Works
Overall, this app is pretty simplistic in how it operates. It downloads just like any other app you'll find at the store or on any third-party page. After launching it, you will see that you have a large screen with your available files displayed, and you can simply select which media you would like to display and it casts it to services like Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, WDTV, Roku, and a range of smart TVs, and even Apple TV.
The app will search your entire device for existing media, including dropbox folders and more. And as you take new photos, video and audio recordings, they will show up on the screen. Simply click them to cast them live. This little app allows you to do so much in terms of sharing your media.
Part of what makes the features of this app strong is that it's more than photos you can share. Photos are the easiest and will transfer the best, but it also handles audio files and even video files. The only drawback for video files is that you're going to have to deal with a small watermark on the bottom left of the videos. It's not very noticeable, but it is the company's logo and you can't get rid of it.
The idea behind this app is that you can cast all of your media to your TV screen. It won't allow you to do it with live streaming options, but anything that's saved on your Android can be cast to a screen, thus saving you the steps of transferring your media to another device in order to play it on your TV screen.
Pros and Cons of AllCast
- Free app to use
- Transfers in high quality
- Handles photo, video and audio
- Compatible with a range of TVs
- Watermark on all videos
- Larger videos buffer a lot
- No streaming
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Potentially dangerous permissions
- GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
- READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
- READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
- ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- BROADCAST_STICKY: Allows an application to broadcast sticky intents. These are broadcasts whose data is held by the system after being finished, so that clients can quickly retrieve that data without having to wait for the next broadcast.
- CHANGE_WIFI_MULTICAST_STATE: Allows applications to enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode.
- CHANGE_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to change Wi-Fi connectivity state.
- INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
- WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.