One of the cool features of Apple TV is AirPlay, which lets you (among other things) wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPad and use it as a remote. Now a report has emerged that Google is planning the same kind of feature for its Google TV service.
GigaOm claims to have been told of the move to turn Android phones and tablets into advanced remote controls for Google TV devices. Apparently this will start with the YouTube app, with Google intending to open it out to third party app developers.
AirPlay isn’t the first system to turn mobile devices into TV controllers, but it’s undoubtedly been the most successful. Not only can iOS users push content through their Apple TV boxes, but they can also push music through AirPlay-compatible Hi-Fi systems and speaker docks.
Google has shown its intent to follow a similar path with its Nexus Q device, which allows Android users to push music to a hub player.
TV is the next step, and the report claims that third party app developers will soon be able to add their own “play on” buttons to their apps, which will have the effect of pushing media content to a nearby Google TV unit.
At present, developers have to link their Android apps to Google TV individually, but this move would mean that once your Android device is linked to your Google TV any app will be able to connect with a minimum of fuss.
As the report suggests, this AirPlay-like move would go some way to solving the problem of content shortages on Google TV, as app developers wouldn’t need to create specific versions for the troubled television service.