Google released the Chromecast—its alternative to the Apple TV and other streaming devices—earlier this year. The device is a small dongle that connects to the HDMI input on a TV and allows for streaming from any Netflix app on iOS and Android, as well as streaming through the Google Chrome browser on computers and Google Play. With a lot of Google Chromecast users coming from the Android and iOS base, it’s natural for the company to support both types of devices. Google already had an app for its own Android devices, and has now released an iOS app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The app allows Chromecast users to set up their devices with their WiFi networks, as well as manage where each Chromecast device is being used in case someone owns more than one. This is great for iOS users as they had to set up their Chromecast via the web, which is a bit more challenging and doesn’t work all the time. Though the app is optimized for the iPhone 5, it will work with any iPhone after the iPhone 3GS, as well as any iPad and any iPod touch after the third generation model.
Google continues to make its impact on iOS users, as it has been releasing a lot of apps such as Google Search and Google Maps to help retain the users it had from the Google/Apple relationship. This is great news for users because it gives us more options and helps keep both companies innovating.
The Google Chromecast app for iOS is now available in the App Store.