Chromecast isn’t the only streaming device that’s getting Allcast support. Today Koushik Dutta announced that he was able to get Allcast working on the Amazon Fire TV streaming box. Amazon Fire TV launched earlier this week, and as opposed to running on a different software that isn’t quite android like the Chromecast does, it runs android just like Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of tablets. This has all sorts of benefits past the reasons why this is great for Koush’s Allcast app, but for now we’ll stick to what it means for Koush and the future of Allcast.
In the short of it, Koush points out that the Amazon Fire TV while having a more complex API to use, it has much more flexibility than that of the Chromecast APIs, and was immensely more familiar than the Chromecast since it just runs android. He also points out that Amazon Fire TV’s performance is better than that of the Apple TV, which should make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The most important note to mention is that the screen mirroring capbility, something that Koush has been working on for a little while now with the Chromecast HDMI streaming Dongle from Google, is also better on the Amazon Fire TV because of it’s more flexible API. This means that we could end up seeing a fully working screen mirror feature from Allcast to the Amazon Fire TV in the near future.
The APIs may be harder to work with, but it sounds like the payoff is a much greater reward in the long run. Alongside the short description of his first use experiences with the Amazon streaming box, there is a short little YouTube video that shows him opening the Allcast app on his Nexus 5, and then pairing it to the Amazon Fire TV to stream a movie. It looks like it works pretty flawlessly, which should end up being great news for any of you that are planning on picking up the Amazon Fire TV, especially if you have already have the Allcast app installed. If you’ll end up being a newcomer to both, Allcast will end up costing you a one time fee of $4.99, but from then on you can stream as much content as you wish without limits. You can try the app out for free first, but you’ll be limited to playing a short snippet of a video and then be prompted to upgrade.