The Chromecast dongle has been a massive hit for Google, cemented by the fact that lots of developers are now creating apps for this little streaming gadget. Though, it’s not just its incredible third-party support, the Mountain View based tech firm itself is also fairly active in encouraging development for the device. Fresh out of Mountain View Headquarters is an app for iOS and Android called Photowall for Chromecast, which enables a group of people to beam photos from their Android or iOS devices to a Chromecast-connected TV, letting them view their images on bigger screens. Details to follow.
The app is very simple looking, presents the same interface on both supported platforms, and carries a few fun features, such as letting users create doodles on the images and write notes on them to preserve memories of a particular occasion or event, let’s say, a birthday party, a friend’s wedding, or your first trip to Paris. In addition, the app can also generate a YouTube montage from the photos, turning them into a video that can then be shared with others.
The collaborative elements of the app make it ideal, especially for family gatherings where users might want to instantly share photos with others, as with Photowall, they can do so without going online. The interesting bit is that anyone who does not even have the app installed can view the Photowall that was shared with them.
Using the app is dead easy. All you need to do is connect your device and Chromecast to the same WiFi network. Once the app is launched, tap the Chromecast icon in the app, and it will immediately prompt you when a successful connection has been made between both devices. After that, you’ll need to log in to your Google account.
Both Android and iOS apps are free, but are only available in select countries as of this writing.