Usually, Google is fairly quiet about what’s included in an update. With its Google Photos app, however, certain additions and fixes are announced within the update notes. Other than “Performance improvements,” the only item listed in yesterday’s update to Google Photos is really worthy of more than just a line of text: the app now supports AirPlay mirroring your images and videos straight to your Apple TV.
The Perfect Accompaniment for a Terrific Photo Management App
Google Photos is an amazing app, if only for the fact that you can save your photos in their original size and not worry as much about running out of space. You get free unlimited storage of photos up to 16MP and 1080p HD video. You can access those photos and videos from any device, iOS or Android, as well as from the Google Photos website.
It doesn’t stop there, though, since the app also provides you with a virtual personal assistant to stitch your images together into animations, gorgeous vignettes, digital photo books, and even movies. The editing tools within the app are mostly basic, but often all that you need. There are some amazing content-aware filters that are unique to the app.
AirPlay Mirroring to the Apple TV Is Finally Here
Add AirPlay mirroring to the Apple TV into the mix, and you’ve got a terrific app for doing just about everything you need to do with your photos and videos. Now you can send those treasured memories, along with the stories and vignettes that Google Photos creates for you, straight to your Apple TV for viewing on the big screen.
I’m both surprised and not surprised that it’s taken Google so long to add in AirPlay mirroring to the Apple TV. The app began supporting Chromecast almost two years ago, and Apple TV support is just now arriving. Given the competition between Apple and Google, perhaps I should be shocked that the app has even now begun to support streaming to Cupertino’s set-top box.
Getting Google Photos
The Google Photos app is available for iPhone and iPad for free on the App Store. If you aren’t already using it, you should download it today and get going.
Google Photos isn't the only Cloud-based update to add features to your Apple TV