The new HTC 10 Android handset definitely has a feature sure to please Apple fans. The smartphone natively supports Apple’s AirPlay protocol out of the box.
That means users can play music from their phone on any AirPlay-compatible speaker and even the Apple TV set-top box.
Into the air
The handset will be available from all four major U.S. carriers.
Using AirPlay on the phone is quick and easy. With a three finger swipe-up gesture, users can view the HTC Connect overlay. You’ll then be able to select any AirPlay device, along with any Bluetooth, DLNA, or Miscast available equipment.
Previously, Android users have been able to take advantage of a number of third-party options that support AirPlay, but HTC apparently was the first to actually license the protocol from Apple.
The handset will be available soon from all four major U.S. carriers. An unlocked version can also be preordered now from HTC’s site for $699. It will start shipping in early May.
I can’t exactly see the AirPlay support helping to sell a huge number of handsets for HTC, but it’s definitely a great feature to have for Android users who are looking view video and play music anywhere – including the house of their Apple-loving friends and family.