Chromecast 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Chromecast 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Google today released a brand new iOS app which allows owners of its Chromecast media streaming dongle to manage their $35 gadget from their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices. Available now on the App Store, the free Chromecast app lets you set up a Chromecast device to work with your Wi-Fi network and manage your Chromecast settings such as changing your device name, Wi-Fi password and so forth….

Chromecast, for those not in the know, is a $35 USB dongle which connects to an HDMI output device (a separate USB power source is required) allowing you to stream online video on your television set. Supported content sources includes YouTube, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and Chrome browser, with more coming by way of future updates.

In conjunction with an iOS /Android app and a Google Cast extension for the Chrome browser, users can then control a Chromecast dongle from their smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Chromecast 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Chromecast 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

According to GigaOM, both Vimeo and Redbox Instant will soon be making their way to the streaming stick. Additionally, HBO confirmed to the publication that its discussing with Google about offering support for Chromecast in the near future.

Unfortunately, Google has spoiled the fun by killing the best thing about the Chromecast – the third-party ability to stream your own video.

Specifically, an update Google recently pushed has blocked an application by Android developer Koushik Dutta who reverse-engineered the device to allow folks to stream any video file type from either a browsers or their Android smartphone.

Go ahead, download Chromecast for iOS free from the App Store.

  • FOFF

    chrome cast is a great idea but they went cheap on it and it is laggy and stripped down .. the apple TV is muuuuch better but 3 times as expensive…lol

    • Joseph

      The speed depends on your internet speed. You’re basically streaming HDMI wirelessly, so I don’t know why you wouldn’t expect that.

      • FOFF

        true ..its impressive that the apple tv is so smooth though.. i think having both chrome cast and apple TV is the best option

      • Joseph

        For now, yes. Soon enough, Chromecast will likely begin to offer some of the options that the Apple TV does.

      • william44isme

        Not internet speed. They connect via your Wifi router, and Wifi is not the same as Internet. Learn the difference.

    • Arnaud Nelissen

      Maybe it’s 3 times better too ?

  • laszlo gaspar

    To be honest i much prefer android TV boxes because i can play all my favorite games on them without any lagging at all.

  • Linton Findlay

    all about using a raspberry pi with software for airplay

  • Rowan09

    Well I have no use for this since I can’t use airplay. I was planning to purchase it to put on my living room tv instead of purchasing another Apple TV.

  • Joseph

    The feature wasn’t exactly killed, because it was never supported. The API is also currently rather volatile as it goes through changes.

    Also, you can eventually root the Chromecast.

  • Imahottguy

    elgooG supposedly broke local playback by mistake, not intentionally. They have adressed this and are reportedly considering adding the proper APIs in the future to do so without reverse engineering. If they do this I will definitely order one. But I’ve learned to not purchase hardware on the prospect or promise of future additions. I’m crossing my fingers though!