Google announced its $35 Chromecast back in July, and by August, Android users were already using an app to set up the streaming media dongle with a bit more ease. But starting today, Apple devotees can download a very similar app for iOS, providing quick access to Chromecast settings and services. As reported by TechCrunch, the free download is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
The new iOS app will automatically scan for available Chromecast devices in the area, and even help you in hooking up the dongle to your network. Switching between devices, assuming you have multiple, if possible from an in-app list. And a list of associated apps--currently limited to Netflix and YouTube streaming on iOS--is also displayed. Google had previously mentioned Pandora as an upcoming partner for Chromecast, with Redbox Instant and Vimeo compatibility in the works.
Google is attempting to create a price conscious alternative to the Apple TV with Chromecast, and by opening up the device to other mobile operating systems--as opposed to Apple's strict iOS-only leanings with AirPlay streaming--the inexpensive dongle is looking rather competitive.
But as we mentioned in IGN's review of Chromecast, Google still needs to secure more partnerships with app developers. And if Cupertino moves ahead with the long-rumored App Store for Apple TV, things could get interesting.
Source : ign[dot]com