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Android Users Defecting To Apple Because Of AirPlay

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  1. CatfishRivers

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    Android users are defecting to Apple because of AirPlay - News - Know Your Mobile (click for full article)

    Published on Jun 20, 2012


    "Without an equivalent AirPlay-like solution, Google's Android platform will always play second fiddle to Apple.


    At least that's the claim levelled at Google by Evolver FM, which claims that Android users are switching to Apple's iOS platform in order to get their hands on AirPlay's wireless streaming functionality.


    AirPlay is a proprietary service that lets users wirelessly stream audio and film from their iPad and iPhone devices to a TV that's connected to an Apple TV unit. The idea behind both Apple TV and AirPlay is simplicity - just plug it in and go.


    Android users, according to Evolver FM, are rather jealous of this feature and want something similar from Google. Evolver FM says that the current top searches on its site are for 'Android AirPlay' and 'AirPlay Android.'


    There are Android applications out there that will stream content via AirPlay, such as iMediaShare and AirBubble, but none operate with the same level of finesse as an iOS-powered device, lacking the same level of functionality and reliability.


    Zapstreak is attempting to change all of this, however, with the release of its AirPlay for Android SDK that's designed to make the development of Android applications with AirPlay functionality a lot easier and more robust.


    This is still not enough though, according to Evolver. What's needed is a solution from Google itself - one that sits natively inside Android just as AirPlay does inside iOS.


    Many analysts predict that smartTVs and in-house technology ecosystems - how your smartphone, tablet, PC and TV link up - is where consumer technology is heading. Apple is seemingly already preparing for this with its Apple TV and rumoured iTV HD television.


    Microsoft is already half way there with its Xbox console and accompanying services, leaving just Google who, up until now, has not had much luck in the TV space - see Google TV.


    Google I/O 2012 takes place this month and many expect Google to announce not only its 7-inch Nexus Tab but also Android Jelly Bean and perhaps a rebuttal to Apple's AirPlay?"
     
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    Good story, it is more true than one thinks.

    I read that elsewhere as well.

    Makes one wonder if or what Google will do about it and if so, when?
     
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    Well here's the answer:

    'Airplay' for Google TV? You need a $300 TRON bowling ball for that | VentureBeat

    "Today Google announced its slick-looking media streamer the Nexus Q, which allows people to share the digital media from their Android devices on a television. This is a feature that Apple began offering nearly a year ago via the Apple TV, but for some reason Google thought it would be a great idea to create an entire device for it that only works with Android-based smartphones and tablets.


    I suspect this will prove to be an awful decision on Google's part for a number of reasons.


    First of all, this streaming functionality is already offered by a growing number of competitors, and as a complimentary feature. The Apple TV's Airplay enables TV screen sharing in addition to its support for several third-party media services like Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, MLB, NHL, and more. And with the purchase of cloud-media startup mSpot, Samsung is also planning to offer this kind of functionality on all its devices, complete with a Google Play-like digital media store. It's worth noting that Samsung is also one of the most popular seller of Android-based mobile devices as well. All that said, there are plenty of other platforms/devices that offer far more than the Nexus Q.


    Secondly, Google already has a streaming media platform in Google TV, which its fighting hard to gain support for among both consumers and developers. The Nexus Q's functionality should have been a complimentary feature on the Google TV platform, which would make it more competitive with Apple TV. As it stands, Google TV doesn't allow for this kind of screen-sharing "Airplay-like" functionality.


    And finally, I don't see the majority of people running out to spend $300 on a TRON-like Poké Ball for digital media - especially when there are cheaper alternatives out there. The Apple TV, like the Nexus Q, requires the use of mobile devices on its platform to enable the Airplay feature. However, the Apple TV is also $200 less expensive. For the more tech-savvy bunch, you can spend even less to get the Nexus Q's functionality. A Roku LT costs just $49, and has support for digital streaming service Plex.


    I'm not saying that the Nexus Q is worthless, because it's obviously not. Being able to share the digital media on my mobile devices via television - while others are doing the same - is a pretty cool concept. And the design is actually really awesome. I'm assuming Google went with a sphere-shape for the Nexus Q to keep its Google TV hardware partners from getting nervous. But instead, those same partners are probably wondering why Google is holding out on them by not giving Google TV "Airplay-like" functionality.


    Regardless of how the Nexus Q fares in the market, Google is unlikely to abandon its plans for it anytime soon. We first heard rumblings of a Google-branded streaming box back in February thanks to a FCC document filed by Google. It was believed that the device was specific to music and audio streaming at the time, but obviously the company's ambitions were much higher.


    It's unknown if Google will allow its Nexus Q to also stream/screen-share with Android Apps or other third-party services on Android-based devices. Currently, the Nexus Q only offers support for Google Play media. I'm guessing that probably won't change, but we'll have to wait and see."
     
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    sparkyscott21 Moderator Staff Member

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    Good reading material you came up with.

    One will never know, but, wonder how many are actually making the switch
    to Apple??


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