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Bryan M. Wolfe
| August 2, 2013
Do As I Say, Not As I Do When It Comes To Buying A Google Chromecast Device
One of the strongest selling points of the new Google Chromecast is that it works with both Android and iOS devices. This doesn’t mean, however, that the Chromecast experience is the same for both groups of users. Not surprisingly, iOS users are missing out on key features, according to ReadWrite.
No Chromecast app for iOSFor one, Google has yet to release an official Chromecast app for iOS. This app, which is available in Google Play, allows users to set up and manage the device’s settings. If you own an iPhone/iPod touch or iPad and need to configure your Chromecast, you must first hook it up to computer. From there, you'll need to download and install a free Chromecast application for Mac or PC. It’s possible that Google will eventually release a Chromecast app for iOS. However, this assumes that Apple would approve such an app. Given that Chromecast competes with Apple’s own AirPlay tool that may never happen.
Missing Chromecast apps for iOSAnother issue for Chromecast users on iOS is the lack of apps that support the device. Right now, the device only supports two iOS apps: Netflix and YouTube. Android users, meanwhile, can also use Chromecast with Google Play Music and Google Play Movies and TV. Neither of these apps is available for iOS. However, iOS users can stream Google Play Music via mobile Safari and Chrome.
The experienceFinally, ReadWrite states that the overall Chromecast experience is better for Android users, regardless of app.
iOS users don't get these user-friendly benefits. Instead, we have to fumble around to turn on our iPhones or iPads, enter the app that originated the stream and find the controls in there somewhere. I asked Apple if there was any possibility of Chromecast remote controls showing up in the app tray, like Pandora does, or landing on the lockscreen. Predictably, there was no response.