If you’ve ever used an iPhone before, chances are you’ve seen the Airplay symbol. You know, the little button that lets you mirror what’s on your iPhone onto your Apple TV. Great. But what’s the problem with that, you may ask? You have to have an Apple TV for it to work, and not everybody has $100 to go shell out for one.
But now with Google’s new product, Chromecast, you no longer need an Apple TV to use this feature. Chromecast turns your iPhone (or Android) into a remote you can use to control what’s on your TV. You can use it to mirror web pages for a better viewing experience, or stream media (such as YouTube or Pandora) instantly. Not to mention, it’s a lot cheaper than the Apple TV at only $35.
What’s the real advantage over Airplay here, though? Google has also released a software development kit for integrating Chromecast with applications. Since so many developers are developing for both Android and iOS, they may favor integrating Chromecast over Airplay for their applications.
Although it won’t completely change iOS, the entire iPhone experience is sure to be improved with the addition of Chromecast. Will developers pick it up and really start utilizing it in their apps? We’ll have to wait and see.