Android App Brings Apple AirPlay to Google TV
As the array of Apple devices has broadened, Apple has continually looked for ways to keep them connected to one another. One of the most recent examples of this trend is AirPlay, a feature that allows users to stream content from one device to another. For example, a video being played on an iPhone could be sent via AirPlay to an Apple TV. While Apple devices are not the only ones compatible with AirPlay, Apple has generally tried to exert a measure of control over which devices are AirPlay compatible and which are not.
Now, however, an app called Airtight will allow Google TV users to receive content via AirPlay from their iOS devices. The app, which is $.99 in the Android App Market, allows the Google TV to become an AirPlay receiver. With the app installed on their Google TV, users will be able to stream content from their iOS devices to their television. The app is not without its limitations, however. It does not currently support streaming music, nor does it support DRM-protected content, which means that any movies you get from the iTunes Store will not play on your Google TV. The app also does not support mirroring, a process that allows users to send the screen view from their iPad to their Apple TV.
Reviews of the app have tended to be positive, and the developers say they are looking into bringing music streaming to the app. However, mirroring and DRM playback are not likely to ever be added. Look for more interesting developments on this in the future.
Do you have a Google TV? If so, give Airtight a try and let us know what you think in the comments.