Posted 08/28/2013 at 10:41 AM
Posted 3 years ago
Chromecast has been on the market for a month now, but while Android users were given a handy app immediately after launch, iOS has been made to wait (a taste of its own medicine maybe?), with Apple users forced to get the streaming service up and running via a desktop computer. Thankfully, the iOS app is now here and it is optimized for both iPhone and iPad.
Google took to its Chrome blog to announce the release of the app and revealed that it can be used to set up the Wi-Fi settings on a Chromecast, as well adjusting general settings such as the name of the device. The app will also scan for Chromecast’s that you have previously set-up on your Wi-Fi network and make it easier to set up new ones.
If you’ve seen the Android Chromecast app, then the iOS version will be very familiar; however, Google has taken the time to add some iOS styling that will allow the app to fit in very nicely with the new iOS 7 user interface. The iPad app will be slightly different to the iPhone version in that it operates with two columns rather than one.
The $35 dongle is a small flash drive-like device that plugs in to the HDMI port of your TV and allows you to stream video and audio to a TV, or anything else that happens to have an HDMI port. The device currently offers support for Google Play Movies and Music, YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, and Redbox Instant, with HBO Go and Hulu Plus expected to follow within the near future, and is a major challenger to the successful Apple TV.
Chromecast for iOS is free and available to download now on iTunes.