Google is apparently working on an alternative to AirPlay, and we’re not referring to Miracast either. We’ve discussed Miracast recently, and media streamers aren’t really anything new, however Google is looking to move this technology forward by bypassing the ‘external box’ part and solely use the device in hand coupled with a TV, or even a laptop.
While CyanogenMod moved forward in becoming a company this week, there were worries that the tinkering days were over. This appears to not be the case as Koushik Dutta posted a video on his Google+ account demonstrating AirPlay Mirroring capabilities in CyanogenMod.
DoubleTwist, an iTunes alternative for the Android ecosystem, has teamed up with chipmaker Qualcomm on the release of “MagicPlay,” which the two companies are describing as an open source media streaming platform meant to challenge Apple’s AirPlay.
Apple has made some changes to its core inter-device sharing protocols in iOS 8, including AirPlay and AirDrop. AirDrop, the simple file sharing mechanism introduced in OS X Lion and iOS 7, now works between Macs and iOS devices; and AirPlay, the video and audio streaming protocol that plays back music and movies from iPhone, Macs, etc.
Google has released a feature for Chromecast announced at Google I/O this year – Android device screen mirroring. The update today brings the much-desired feature to all Chromecast-capable devices and makes Google Cast much more similar to Apple’s competing AirPlay offering for iOS devices. Read More
Mirroring content isn’t new thanks to Apple, but Google is working on something that brings it up a notch. It’s still in the concept stage, but Google Research as been working on this for the past year.
Apple is rumored to be working on an Apple TV successor, planned for release in the first half of this year according to 9to5Mac. The update would be a set-top box just like its existing model, but with improvements to the new OS and additional content types, the report claims.
Google has taken the wraps off its & Music Beta by Google& streaming music service, the search engine's bid to challenge Apple's iTunes and Amazon.com music services. Users will be able to upload their personal music collections to Google's servers, which will stream it to computers, Android tablets, and smartphones, the company says....